Community Shield: Sergio Aguero's double gave Manchester City 2-0 win over Chelsea
Sergio Aguero's double gives EPL champions easy 2-0 win over Chelsea to kick off season with trophy
Manchester City kicked off the campaign with silverware as Sergio Aguero's double saw off Maurizio Sarri's undercooked Chelsea in the Community Shield. Continuing where they left off last season, Pep Guardiola's side dominated from the outset on a sweltering afternoon at Wembley — with their top marksman going through the 200-goal barrier for the club.
Aguero struck either side of half-time in a win that was far more comprehensive than the 2-0 scoreline suggests, sealing a fifth Community Shield for Premier League champions City as a Chelsea side lacking key players and preparation toiled. Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois were among the high-profile absentees that Chelsea's manager had to deal without against a strong City side boasting six of their World Cup stars in the starting line-up.
Milestone for Sergio
Aguero was among them and took just 13 minutes to net his 200th goal for the club after collecting a pass from Phil Foden. Surprisingly it took until the 58th minute for City to grab another, when the impressive Bernardo Silva slipped their all-time top scorer in to fire home his second. While for many the Community Shield is only a glorified friendly, some see it as a shot at silverware not to be sniffed at and Guardiola's pleasure was clear after adding to last season's EPL and League Cup crowns.
As for Chelsea, new manager Sarri has a lot of work to do before next Saturday's Premier League opener at Huddersfield. 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 teenager laid off to Aguero as soon as David Luiz made a meek attempt at a challenge, with the striker sending a low effort past Willy Caballero.
Guardiola punched the air after a goal that City had chances to add to before Chelsea's Alvaro Morata tried his luck from distance, with 17-year-old livewire Callum Hudson-Odoi having two of his own attempts after a planned water break.
No threat from Chelsea
Chelsea's threats were fleeting, and City never looked flummoxed, even when Aguero wasted a glorious chance when rounding Caballero to fire into the side-netting in the 50th minute. Within eight minutes his 201st City goal arrived, darting between Luiz and Antonio Rudiger to meet a fine Silva ball with a smart finish.
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