Chelsea vs Manchester City, Community Shield: The traditional curtain-raiser in the form of Community Shield was won by Manchester City as Sergio Aguero’s brace helped Pep Guardiola’s side beat Chelsea 2-0. The gap in the preparation by the two teams seemed obvious despite the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as Blues manager and new signing Jorginho. Aguero struck confident goal in both halves to give City their first trophy of the season.
Community Shield Highlights: Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0
FULL-TIME: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City
And that's the final whistle. Sergio Aguero's brace helps Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield. Good start for the English champions while a lot of work to be done by Sarri's side. Chelsea players are applauding empty seats as unhappy fans have left the stadium.
Ross Barkley slides the ball across the area towards Abraham, who is blocked by Bravo before Moses piles in but can’t connect. Willian's corner is met by Toni Rudiger but the German doesn't really connect and City clear.
Diaz off target
Aguero sets up play, passes it to Diaz, who couldn't resist having a go at the goal but misses the target.
Aguero was this close to scoring his third goal as he shoots from three feet away. But it bounces off Caballero.
Gabriel Jesus comes in for Mahrez for Manchester City. And with that it's drink breaks. City continue to dominate with Aguero looking dangerous.
GOAL! Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City
Another chance for City
City got another chance to double their lead as Aguero gets in behind again. He pulls back for Phil Foden whose shot is not strong enough for Caballero.
Early chance for Aguero, who runs forward in hope of doubling his side's lead, but his shot goes wide.
Second half underway
Second half between Chelsea and Manchester City is underway. Sergio Aguero the difference between the two teams till now. Leroy Sane has been replaced by Ilkay Gundogan for Man City.
Half-time! Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
It could have been an embarrassing moment for Bravo, who let the ball bounce over him, if it had found the net. And with that, it's half-time in the battle between Blue shirts. Manchester City will look to maintain their 1-0 lead in the second half.
Chelsea warming up
Chelsea are slowly starting to warm up as the match is about to reach half-time. Not a very good start but Chelsea are getting into the groove. A mini battle taking place between Hudson-Odoi and Kyle Walker.
Hudson-Odoi effort too high
Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi sends it wide, losing another chance of equalising, very similar to Morata's effort. He goes again, finds space to run into space in a more central position. His shot isn’t the best as City are able to maintain their lead.
Morata, who is wearing Jersey number 29 for the first time, attempts a shot at goal but it goes wide and his good build up goes to waste. He cuts in from the left and shoots over. Drinks break called by referee Jon Moss.
Twenty minutes into the game and English champions Manchester City continue to hold possession. Chelsea doesn't seem to be doing much on the field even though they win corner after Aguero's goal. Even though Sarri looks calm, David Luiz seems angry with his teammates.
GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
City start well
Not a very great start from Chelsea. City seem to be holding the possession with Bernardo Silva going forward into the box but pulls back as he doesn't find a teammate. Chelsea then gift a free-kick to their opponents.
Sane with first effort
First effort of the game comes from City’s Leroy Sane, who drags a shot wide from distance. Debutant Mahrez slams a shot into Alonso.
Chelsea vs Manchester City kickstarts at Wembley to a loud cheer. Chelsea given the first free-kick.
Trophy out for display
It is time for the Community Shield. The season is about to begin. Fans excited for the curtain-raiser. The trophy is out on display on the field.
Sarri speaks ahead of the match
Maurizio Sarri tells Des Kelly about the importance of Jorginho and the advice given to him by Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City Starting XI
The Starting XI of Manchester City is out and Mahrez is debuting against Chelsea.
Your @HaysWorldwide #cfcvcity, Community Shield line-up!— Manchester City (@ManCity) 5 August 2018
CITY XI | Bravo, Walker, Stones, Aguero, Laporte, Sane, Bernardo, Mendy, Fernandinho (c), Mahrez, Foden
SUBS | Ederson, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Diaz, Gomes pic.twitter.com/SQvs5apXFI
Sarri's chance to prove he can replace Conte
Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as Chelsea manager, to replace Antonio Conte, who lifted the Premier League title in his first season two years ago, came as a bit of a hard pill to swallow for the fans. Much was reported about Conte’s tough relations with the management – Chelsea’s farewell message on the website to Conte was just 61 words. But after a pre-season that sprung up a few positives coupled with a few negatives, the fans still remain unsure on what Sarri brings to the table.
Writes Karan Parashant Saxena. Read full article.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Live
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Community Shield match between FA Cup winners Chelsea and English champions Manchester City as the two raise the curtain for the new season. Even though it is just a pre-season trophy, for new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, the match is an opportunity to go past City manager Pep Guardiola and build faith among the fans.