Manchester City start 2018-2019 with Community Shield win

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Kun Aguero got his 200th and 201st Manchester City goals as the EPL champions coasted to a win at Wembley.

The Citizens got their hands on their first piece of silverware in the 2018-2019 season with victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

The encounter marked Maurizio Sarri’s first competitive game as Chelsea manager and the Italian ended up on the losing side as the Blues were second best for most of Sunday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola meanwhile will be delighted to have added another trophy to his bulging collection and more pleased with his side’s showing against Chelsea.

In the absence of key players like Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and N’golo Kante, Chelsea struggled to keep up with the more organised and dynamic Manchester City team especially at the back.

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Sarri may have managed to implement free-flowing and fast-paced possession football at Chelsea to an extent – at least as pre-season games depicted it but shifting from a three-man backline might take more time to adjust to as we saw in Sunday’s game.

Chelsea’s unconvincing backline was expertly picked apart by wonderful balls from Manchester City’s midfield allowing Sergio Aguero capitalise on the Blues not-too-impressive defending.

The Argentina international scored a goal each half to give City a deserved two-goal win against Chelsea in the Community shield.

Phil Foden’s delightful pass in the 13th minute picked the City forward perfectly allowing the 30-year old forward add his 200th Manchester City goal, drilling a strike to the bottom-right corner from 18 yards out.

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The second came eight minutes after the start of the second-half. Another fine pass from Bernando Silva this time around picked out Aguero’s run behind the Chelsea defence before slotting a cool finish beyond Willy Caballero.

The absence of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling in midfield and attack for Pep Guardiola’s side was barely felt as the sparkling Phil Foden and enigmatic Bernando Silva put up eye-catching performances.

Making their debuts at their new clubs, Riyad Mahrez and Jorginho enjoyed contrasting fortunes.

The former Leicester City man opens his trophy collection with his new side, making his competitive debut after recovering in time from an ankle knock picked up in pre-season against Bayern Munich.

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Jorginho meanwhile put up an average showing as Chelsea sorely missed the cover of the energetic N’golo Kante in the middle of the park and were left exposed.

A game in the ICC against Lyon now beckons for Chelsea as they will be hoping to pick themselves up from defeat before their league opener against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Defending champions Manchester City will travel to the North of London to take on Unai Emery’s Arsenal on Sunday in the Spanish manager’s first competitive game in charge of the Gunners.