Community Shield: Why Chelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester City - Sarri


The Spaniard was delighted with his team's performance in baking conditions that sapped the energy from exhausted legs but still ensured they became the first Premier League champions to win the trophy since Manchester United in 2013. "Our pre-season until now has been a bit insane I think and so we have to work". Goals though, have been hard to come by as the squad slowly adapts to "Sarri-ball".

"Sergio always has a little bit with his physicality - maybe he needs a little bit more time to take his physical condition".

Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in yesterday's Community Shield thanks to two goals from Sergio Aguero. Now they need Alvaro Morata - a struggler on Sunday - to click. But while City have high calibre replacements, Chelsea are a far poorer team without Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois.

There was no quick-thinking, every pass seemed labourious as Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Cesc Fabregas deeply pondered every decision made, whilst the midfield itself lacked invention.

Another question is, will Ruben Loftus-Cheek stay or go? He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. But he did not specify who that player would be.

The positive note is that he can find the net when not at his best.

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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.

It took Guardiola a year for his tactics to start working at City.

Other than missing out on the aforementioned Jorginho signature (arguably understandable now given the managerial switch at Stamford Bridge), Manchester City aren't experiencing anywhere near the level of transfer turmoil of their rivals.

Despite the return of several stars though, a number of youngsters should be starting against Chelsea. "The schedule and results will show you who you are".

These will include Eric Garcia, Cameron Humphreys, Douglas Luiz and Lukas Nmecha. For Manchester City's lofty standards in the transfer market, this is an aberration.

In its various guises, Chelsea have won just four of their 12 Community Shield games they've played and City's record of four wins from ten is only marginally better.

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"It's a minor title, everybody is going for the Premier League, the FA Cup or the Champions League". Looks like he could be a useful member of Sarri's Chelsea.

Guardiola now has seven days before the Premier League opener away to Arsenal but will not rule out bringing another player before the window shuts on Thursday.

It looked ominously one-sided from the outset, with Leroy Sane soon threatening before City built from the back to send Foden galloping forward.

The match not just pits two of the most successful English teams in the last decade, but also two managers who share similar ideologies in terms of style of play.

No such rustiness existed in Pep Guardiola's well-oiled unit. "I'm very happy", Sarri told the press ahead of his sides Community Shield fixture against Manchester City tomorrow. But, the FA Cup holders shouldn't have it easy at all, with City likely to give them a run for their money.

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