Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's side carry on their winning ways at Wembley
By Daniel J. McLaughlin
It may not be the most prestigious competition in the football world, but the FA Community Shield is yet another trophy added to Manchester City's collection under Pep Guardiola.
The Citizens were the runaway leaders last season, winning the Premier League title by a massive gulf of 19 points and breaking records along the way. They also picked up the League Cup in their seemingly unstoppable campaign.
They kickstarted their new season with a clash against FA Cup winners Chelsea at Wembley to lift the Community Shield. It was Maurizio Sarri's first competitive game in charge of the Blues, and it was a tough encounter to begin his Chelsea career.
Sergio Agüero led the City charge, scoring a brace - and his 200th and 201st goals for the club - in a dominating performance. Under the intense August heat, Guardiola's side looked as ruthless and controlling as they did when they were crowned English champions in April with five games to spare.
They bombarded the Chelsea goal in the opening 15 minutes, testing goalkeeper Willy Caballero five times in that period. The Argentine was unable to stop his compatriot Agüero finding the net with 13 minutes on the clock. Youngster Phil Foden, who looked impressive throughout, squared the ball to the striker on the edge of the area. He took one touch, and drove a low and powerful shot through Antonio Rüdiger's legs and into the bottom corner. It was a sublime effort and befitting for a double centenary of goals from the City legend.
The Blues struggled to get a look in, failing to test goalkeeper Claudio Bravo at the other end. They could only muster two shots on target for the entire game - one in each half. Callum Hudson-Odoi, their 17-year-old forward, fired Chelsea's only notable effort, hitting a long-range effort which Bravo fumbled to safety. The City goalkeeper didn't look comfortable, even with few real attempts from Chelsea, and doesn't look like he will be challenging Ederson for first-team football any time soon.
Agüero added his second of the game just before the hour mark. Bernardo Silva, who was a dangerous presence for the Citizens by breaking up the Chelsea defence, timed the perfect assistance to the Argentine. Beating the defenders, Agüero sent a finish under Cabellero in the 58th minute.
Manchester City begin their Premier League title defence against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday (K.O. 4pm). Chelsea play Lyon in the International Champions Cup at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday (K.O. 8.05pm), before taking on Huddersfield away in their first league game of the new season on Saturday (K.O. 3pm).