Sergio Aguero double helps Manchester City sweep Chelsea aside

06 August, 2018, 16:25 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City's Premier League rivals that the champions are still well below their peak despite powering to a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Argentina global Aguero had been stuck on 199 since he notched in the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal on February 25, but he finally added to his tally in the first half to put Chelsea on the path to defeat in their first competitive match under Maurizio Sarri.

Some of their lethargy going forward could be put down to the heat, which made it hard for both sides to sustain any sort of tempo.

Sarri has made it clear that he wants to focus his attentions on he training ground and not the potential arrival of new players, yet he will not be able to ignore the looming transfer deadline on a number of levels after some unconvincing performances with second string teams in pre-season matches.

With key players still absent from the squad, including midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, the young midfielder took his opportunity with a confident and composed display in warm conditions.

But they produced a controlled and efficient performance to secure their third piece of silverware in the past six months.

The FA Cup winners play the Premier League Champions in the traditional season-opener on Sunday and Steve Rawlings fancies the outsiders are the value. Summer signing Jorginho, who chose Chelsea over City, seemed quite off the pace.

"I didn't expect that level in that period after a short, short training session, like from Fernandinho, Sergio - a lot of them".

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City could have added several more but a combination of poor finishing and some fine goalkeeping from former City man Caballero kept the scoreline respectable.

Pep Guardiola hailed Bernardo Silva's Community Shield performance as "a masterpiece" and suggested the Portuguese is now one of the first names on his Manchester City team sheet.

While it was Sergio Aguero who won the man of the match award for his two goals, it was 18-year-old Englishman Phil Foden who stood out the most in a sky blue shirt.

It looked ominously one-sided from the outset, with Leroy Sane soon threatening before City built from the back to send Foden galloping forward. He played a few games last season, and now he is more mature. I am so happy for the players and it's good to start with one title by our side. It should've been 2-0 within five minutes of the restart as Aguero got in behind only to see his attempt to around Caballero thwarted by his worldwide team-mate.

"I think we need something".

Aguero, 30, joined City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and has scored over 30 goals a season for the club in all competitions in all but three of his eight seasons.

Chelsea had many of their World Cup participants back in action at Wembley as the likes of Willian, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Victor Moses and Wily Caballero all started against Chelsea.

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