Aguero ruins Sarri's Chelsea bow as Manchester City win Community Shield

Pep Guardiola

GETTY Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola eyes Community Shield win over Chelsea

Manchester City kicked off the campaign with silverware as Sergio Aguero's double saw off Maurizio Sarri's undercooked Chelsea in the Community Shield.

One of Chelsea's most consistent performers in Azpilicueta could not be overlooked, so he takes up the position at left-back despite largely featuring on the right side of defence - but he's that good he can cover nearly all positions across the back line.

Perhaps the most pleasing thing for Guardiola is that with both sides missing key players following the World Cup, City didn't show it.

Although the midfielder featured in City's final game of last season, it was only to ensure he had played sufficient matches to claim a title medal. We were told to expect 'Sarri-ball, ' that Chelsea's new Italian coach would bring a brand of exciting, dynamic football to the Premier League.

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The big-name players who are available though, are Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva, Claudio Bravo and record signing Riyad Mahrez, all of whom should feature against Chelsea.

The record books are on Guardiola's side, with the City manager having won three consecutive titles at each of his previous clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. It's going to take a hugely impressive campaign to finish above this City side this season.

Sarri was without his best forward player, with Eden Hazard due back for post-World Cup pre-season training on Monday amid speculation Real Madrid want to sign him.

There is certainly plenty of work for the 2016/17 champions to do if they are to close the obvious gap to their successors.

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As the game went on, Foden looked a lot more comfortable on the ball and started to dictate the tempo. Hudson-Odoi's 35th-minute effort was their only strike on target in the match.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich spent £30m purchasing a penthouse apartment in London last month, but his long-term commitment to his adopted base is now unclear after United Kingdom authorities refused to renew his visa to stay in the country and without him, Chelsea are lacking the leadership he has provided since becoming the chief decision maker 2003. "Some players need to be hugged and be close to them for their best performance". Fortunately for him, Chelsea will not run into a team of City's calibre every weekend.

It was also a landmark day for Aguero, who became the first player to score 200 goals for Manchester City. Looked for all the world to be a third City goal.

City were not letting up and the second came on 58 minutes in the second half as Aguero slipped home Phil Foden's pass after Chelsea's attack broke down in the middle. Sarri was only appointed a few weeks ago and with the transfer window closing on Thursday it seems that he will be denied the players he needs to carry out his ideas.

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