Manchester City off to a flying start with Shield win

Manchester City's attacking ruthlessness has not been blunted by fatigue after the World Cup – winning the Community Shield demonstrated that beyond any doubt on Sunday.

Three weeks after the World Cup finished, the Premier League champions opened the new season by collecting more silverware.

Manchester City have another trophy, after winning the Community Shield.

Manchester City have another trophy, after winning the Community Shield.

Sergio Aguero scored twice – once in each half for his record-extending 200th and 201st goals for City – as FA Cup holders Chelsea were beaten 2-0 in the traditional curtain raiser to the English season at Wembley Stadium.

"The heat today was so tough," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "So demanding."

While it has been a nothern summer of continuity at City after a record 100-point Premier League haul, Chelsea have gone through more turmoil in recent weeks.

"Our pre-season until now has been crazy," Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said. "So we have to work."

The former Napoli coach has had only a couple of weeks to work on his new Chelsea squad after the protracted firing of Antonio Conte, abandoning his fellow Italian's preferred 3-4-2-1 formation for 4-3-3.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored twice against Chelsea.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored twice against Chelsea.

Although Conte won the FA Cup at Wembley in May, he paid the price for Chelsea's slump from league winners to fifth place, leaving the 2012 Champions League winners out of Europe's elite competition this year. City finished 30 points ahead of Chelsea.

City had already wrapped up their third Premier League title in six years when Aguero underwent surgery on his left knee in April. The striker was fit for the World Cup, but Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16, ensuring he left Russia two weeks before the tournament ended.

"He arrived [back at City] so sharp, so good," Guardiola said. "With him and Gabriel [Jesus] we are good in that position."

Aguero's second goal against Chelsea completed a counterattack in the 58th minute. John Stones gained possession inside his own half, Ilkay Gundogan advanced with the ball and Bernardo Silva then threaded a pass through to Aguero, who netted his 201st goal.

The other goal came when England U17 midfielder Phil Foden surged forward in the 13th minute before squaring to Aguero, who struck into the bottom corner.

Resolving the managerial situation hasn't ended uncertainty around Chelsea. Both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and midfielder Eden Hazard are still on their breaks after helping Belgium to finish third at the World Cup. It's unclear if they will play for Chelsea again, with the duo linked with moves to Real Madrid.

With the English Premier League starting on Saturday when Manchester United host Leicester City, clubs have until Thursday to sign players for the new season after the close of the transfer window was brought forward to before the season opens.


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