Sergio AGUERO wins it for Manchester City, DI MARIA shines for PSG

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola's men reached the Wembley fixture following their record breaking Premier League-winning campaign, although they have had a tough time during pre-season with several big-name players missing.

Despite the return of several stars though, a number of youngsters should be starting against Chelsea.

Chelsea: Caballero 6, Azpilicueta 5, Rudiger 5, Luiz 5, Alonso 5, Jorginho 5, Fabregas 5, Barkley 6, Pedro 5, Hudson-Odoi 7, Morata 5.

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.

Bernardo Silva was more than a match for his namesake, buzzing around to pick up the ball, drive at the reluctant Chelsea defence and thread passes into space, while centre-back Aymeric Laporte was solid and new signing Riyad Mahrez was bright if not at his devastating best.

The former Napoli man is key to Maurizio Sarri's style of play and triggers action in the final third with his impeccable passing accuracy - making him the ideal link man from defence to attack. The result will show who we are.




His high pressing and expansive style drew lofty praise from Guardiola after their two Champions League meetings last season, but Chelsea seemed a poor imitation of the Catalan's well-oiled City machine at Wembley. A year ago, Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the 2017 Community Shield game in a shootout following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

The Community Shield 2018 will start at 3 pm local time, 7:30 pm IST and 2 pm GMT.

Billed as the pivot who would provide the foundation for Maurizio Sarri's attacking gameplan, Italy midfielder Jorginho was completely out of sorts in his introduction to English football. The worry for the rest of the Premier League is they have the appetite for more. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film.

Whereas City took calculated risks in possession, Chelsea were cautious - perhaps indicative of how little time they've had under Maurizio Sarri - and struggled to create clear-cut opportunities, save only the directness of Callum Hudson-Odoi, who had their only attempt on target. Looks like he could be a useful member of Sarri's Chelsea.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures of City lifting the Community Shield on Sunday. It's unclear if they will play for Chelsea again, with the duo linked with moves to Real Madrid. But, the FA Cup holders shouldn't have it easy at all, with City likely to give them a run for their money.

Aguero then set up Foden, whose low drive was stopped by the Chelsea keeper, but with 58 minutes gone Aguero put City 2-0 up.

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