Chelsea vs. Manchester City - Football Match Report

  • Chelsea vs. Manchester City - Football Match Report

Chelsea vs. Manchester City - Football Match Report

But speaking after Sunday's Community Shield victory over Chelsea, the Sky Blues boss admitted City could yet bolster his squad with the addition of another midfielder.

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.

The annual curtain raiser to the start of yet another English top flight campaign sees the FA Cup holders Chelsea go head to head with Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions. He was impressive at times, but at others looked overwhelmed by the intensity with which City pressed and found himself without a way out on more than one occasion.

Phil Foden delivered an accomplished display in the Community Shield.

Riyad Mahrez has been handed a starting berth for Manchester City against Chelsea in the Community Shield clash at Wembley.

However, his botched one-on-one chance and occasionally sloppy link-up play hinted at a player needing more minutes. Now he feels free.

City had already wrapped up its third Premier League title in six years when Aguero underwent surgery on his left knee in April.

With only a few days remaining of the English transfer window, City are running out of time to get Pep the Fernandinho substitute he said he would like.

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

Chelsea were second best in nearly every aspect of play and took 25 minutes to register a shot. Callum Hudson-Odoi looked most risky for Chelsea, but the Blues missed N'Golo Kante in midfield and struggled to create opportunities in the final third of the pitch.

Sarri, who replaced sacked compatriot Antonio Conte in July, did their best to respond to his high-pressing game but the conditions took their toll and by the end they looked ragged and off the pace.

The Italian would also blame the tight pre-season schedule and absence of key figures who are still recovering from World Cup exploits, for Chelsea's struggle on Sunday.

"We made it clear from the day I arrived we want him, but deals are deals, agents are agents and players are players".

Upfront, Alvaro Morata will be aiming to exorcise the demons of the 2017-18 season, looking to kickstart the new campaign on a positive note.

The curtain raiser felt like it was played in the wrong temperature at the wrong time and with the wrong players, rendering any kind of decent analysis nearly meaningless, apart from the most obvious observation.