Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield

Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield

Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield

Sergio Aguero spoiled Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri's first taste of English football as the Argentine's double gave Manchester City a stylish 2-0 victory in the Community Shield on Sunday.

While the Community Shield serves as the curtain raiser to the new season, City and FA Cup holders Chelsea have very different ambitions for the Premier League campaign, which kicks off on Friday.

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are still short of their peak form.

Claudio Bravo gets the nod in goal, Sergio Aguero a spot up front and Fernandinho will captain the side.

Asked about the performance of Stones against Chelsea and his options at the back this season, Guardiola said: "John made an excellent World Cup and showed again his personality". "Last season he had an operation on his knee. He arrived so sharp, so good", he said.

It was a management technique that Guardiola was happy to expand upon as he spoke before City's match against Chelsea at Wembley.

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Guardiola was effusive in his praise of Foden post-match, saying: "Phil is part of the team".

Picking up where they left off in their record-breaking campaign last term, Pep Guardiola's team took an early lead through Aguero, who rewarded City's dominance with a second goal after the break.

This may be a club that has managed win trophies despite their lack of managerial stability during the Abramovich era, yet the blackened clouds of uncertainly gathering at Chelsea appear to be the most threatening yet with just four days left of the summer transfer window. This comes after managers complained about players leaving teams having already played several games for their original club during a domestic season.

The heat that beat down on the players all afternoon at the national stadium in London will now settle on 63-year-old Sarri as he looks to spark an immediate improvement in their Premier League opener at Huddersfield Town next week. "Our pre-season until now has been a bit insane".

"I think it's good news for us for the season".

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