Man City send ominous message to rivals with Community Shield win


Sergio Aguero finally reached 200 goals for Manchester City as his double saw Pep Guardiola's side overcome Chelsea 2-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley.

But ominously for Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United - all hoping to dethrone City - Guardiola revealed his players are still well short of full fitness after only a handful of training sessions following the World Cup. In addition to the unprecedented triple-digit point total, according to ESPN, the Sky Blues won the Premier League by 19 points, beating the record of 18 set by Manchester United in 1999/2000. The Blues have shown good form in their pre-season friendlies thus far, as they adapt to the change in style under Maurizio Sarri.

Pep Guardiola says that Bernardo Silva is now the first name on his team sheet as he is "far away" from the rest of his teammates due to his intelligence.

It was a dress rehearsal for the genuinely big games to come for both Chelsea and Manchester City, and the Premier League champions looked the much superior side.

Aguero missed the final six matches of last season to have a knee operation in Barcelona and Guardiola said he has returned fresh and ready for the new campaign. He was played clean in by Foden, he had all the time in the world and chose to round Caballero, but from a tight angle he hits the side netting.

We'd be insane not to add another player or two to our ranks this week, and Sarri appears to hold the same belief.

"We prepare game by game".

"Of course, the beginning is always a little more hard to adapt to a new style of play, which changes everything, but we have everything we need to improve, to continue working and start the season well". "He did really well", Guardiola said.

Sarri and company jetted off to Australia just days after his appointment to replace the fired Antonio Conte three weeks ago.

The Italian did add, however, that his team's cohesiveness was not yet up to where he wants it to be. 'It was so tough in the first half with the heat but we started well, so good. We have the idea to be in control of the match but today we were not in control of the match. "Our pre-season until now has been a bit insane". We need to work.

Without Eden Hazard, it was hardly a surprise to see Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea's starting XI - especially after an impressive display in the International Champions Cup against Arsenal - but City's own teenage prodigy, Phil Foden, dominated the headlines. It depends on me, it depends on the players. It's not very easy.