Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane start for Manchester City

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

Sergio Aguero scored both Manchester City goals as the Premier League champions beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield on a sweltering day at Wembley.

"I am ready, I am ready", said Guardiola of City's title defence. We were told to expect 'Sarri-ball, ' that Chelsea's new Italian coach would bring a brand of exciting, dynamic football to the Premier League.

"Kyle Walker trained just two training sessions", Guardiola said.

"It's complicated for all of them, but they are so competitive".

"They are my pride".

It's going to take time for Sarri to make his mark in the capital and having umpteen departures and a few more possible arrivals won't help the transition any but if we can read anything in to his first two games in charge, the signs are positive for Blues fans.

"I arrived here three weeks ago and I've never seen six players, so it's very hard", said Sarri. We prepared for the final.

Maurizio Sarri would have learnt a lot from his squad as they were unable to stop a Manchester City squad that continued right where they left off from last season.

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But a standing ovation at Wembley, along with his manager's comments, suggest he could have much more of a role to play in 2018-19.

Consigning Conte's favoured 3-4-2-1 formation to the bin, Sarri sent Chelsea out in a 4-3-3 system that malfunctioned from start to finish. "That is good. Him with Gabriel [Jesus] in that position we are in a good position".

"I believe we can keep them here and keep them happy, but we will only see when we sit down with them".

The Spaniard was delighted with his team's performance in baking conditions that sapped the energy from exhausted legs but still ensured they became the first Premier League champions to win the trophy since Manchester United in 2013.

The big-name players who are available though, are Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva, Claudio Bravo and record signing Riyad Mahrez, all of whom should feature against Chelsea. Further forward, the returning Eden Hazard would be an upgrade on Lorenzo Insigne (there aren't many of those about) as the left sided forward who cuts inside.

"My method has always been to speak with players face-to-face and then we will see what the best solution if for them and Chelsea".

"Phil is part of the first team". "About the performance, I think in the first half it was not too bad".

The clock struck again in typical fashion in the 57th minute, as Aguero - making amends for missing a clear chance from Foden's pass just after half time - polished off a slick, incisive City counter-attack to score his second of the game, reminiscent of last year's title-winning campaign. We need to work.

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