Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City: Talking points from the Community Shield

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The Community Shield has been contested annually as the curtain-raiser for the English football season since 1908 when Manchester United defeated Queens Park Rangers. 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.

Sergio Aguero finally reached 200 goals for Manchester City as his double saw Pep Guardiola's side overcome Chelsea 2-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley.

The game between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners is the traditional season curtain-raiser but on this evidence the gap between the two teams, which last season was 30 points, is as wide as ever despite the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager and the signing of midfielder Jorginho.

They will report on Monday and Sarri added: "It's a long way we have to work".

When he's kicking off with silverware, though, later on we're pretty sure it won't bother him too much and the defensive midfielder was seen lifting the trophy with a beaming smile later one. If City looked more polished than their opposition it's because they are.

Maurizio Sarri has given Chelsea fans an insight into what we could be looking for in the transfer market between now and the end of the week. The squad will be nearly identical to the one that smashed all sorts of Premier League records last season and they're understandablyodds-on shots to be the first to retain the Premier League title in ten years but a disrupted start to their 2018/19 campaign is a distinct possibility.

John Stones gained possession inside his own half, Ilkay Gundogan advanced with the ball and Bernardo Silva then threaded a pass through to Aguero, who netted his 201st goal.

Pep Guardiola says that Bernardo Silva is now the first name on his team sheet as he is "far away" from the rest of his teammates due to his intelligence.

"I like him, he's a technical player, I like him very much".

The former Napoli boss has been tasked with at least steering the Blues back into the top four next season after Chelsea FC ended up fifth and won the FA Cup last term under Conte.

With Thibaut Courtois yet to return, and also subject to links with Real Madrid, the Brazilian is a straightforward choice ahead of Willy Caballero. Chelsea's defenders, and in particular David Luiz, appeared uncomfortable with the high line they were being asked to play.

"I am not interested in the agent, " Sarri said.

Despite Sterling's impasse with City's owners, Guardiola has made it clear that he intends on keeping the player and insisted that the acquisition of Riyad Mahrez will not impact on his role in the team. "I don't have any answer to the agent".

Manchester City open their Premier League campaign against Arsenal next Sunday at the Emirates. The summer trading period for most European leagues still closes on August 31 as usual.

The French centre back played just 13 times in the latter half of last season following his £57m move from Athletic Bilbao.

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