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Community Shield: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City - Sergio Aguero scores twice

By Chris BevanBBC Sport at Wembley

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.

Aguero's first - his 200th goal for the club - came after 13 minutes, when he collected the ball on the edge of the area after Phil Foden surged forward, and fired into the bottom corner.

His second came after the break, when he latched on to Bernardo Silva's pass and beat Willy Caballero with another precise low finish.

Chelsea, less than a month into Maurizio Sarri's reign as manager, lacked a presence in attack and managed only one shot on target, a long-range strike by 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi which Claudio Bravo fumbled to safety.

Some of their lethargy going forward could be put down to the heat, which made it difficult for both sides to sustain any sort of tempo.

Players were allowed water breaks during the game and some City players sitting on the bench had wet towels over their heads to try to protect them from the intensity of the sunshine.

Sarri was without his best forward player, with Eden Hazard due back for post-World Cup pre-season training on Monday amid speculation Real Madrid want to sign him.

City, who won last year's title by 19 points, were also without some of their stars - with Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and David Silva all absent.

But they produced a controlled and efficient performance to secure their third piece of silverware in the past six months. The worry for the rest of the Premier League is they have the appetite for more.

Foden and Bernardo Silva star for City

City boss Pep Guardiola was able to hand a start to new £60m forward Riyad Mahrez but, in the absence of De Bruyne and David Silva, it was Foden and Bernardo Silva who caught the eye.

Operating on either side of Fernandinho, as steady as ever at the base of City's midfield, they looked to spring forward at every opportunity.

Foden did exactly that to set up Aguero's opener, latching on to a pass from Aymeric Laporte and taking full advantage as the Chelsea defence backed off.

It was a similar story when Silva provided the assist from which Aguero extended City's lead in another lightning break in which the ball travelled from the edge of City's box into the Chelsea net in a matter of seconds.

Both players were utilised further forward last season, but showed they could have a part to play in a deeper role in the coming campaign.

Aguero - given the nod over Gabriel Jesus, who started on the bench - was as deadly as ever up front and had City converted one of a flurry of late chances, the scoreline would have been even more resounding.

Chelsea short of a scoring threat

It is 78 days since Chelsea lifted the FA Cup here in Antonio Conte's last act as manager. Sarri has since arrived from Napoli as the Blues' eighth permanent boss in the past 10 years.

Sarri's prime concern is probably keeping his stars - as well as doubts over Hazard's future, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is also wanted by Real, and Willian has been linked with Barcelona.

"The performance was not bad in the first half but in the second half there was a big difference from a physical point of view, so we have to work," said Sarri following the defeat.

"I am worried about the defensive phase - not the defenders. We have to improve, especially on the other half. I spoke with Willian, Courtois and Hazard only by phone. Tomorrow morning or afternoon I will speak to them again but, in this moment, I am confident."

But this display was evidence of where he needs to strengthen his team too, with a new striker surely top of his list.

Alvaro Morata was again underwhelming in front of goal and failed to offer his side any sort of focal point going forward.

The Spanish striker only managed one touch in the City box in the 70 minutes he was on the pitch, a moment which also provided him with his only shot at goal - a wild first-half effort which flew well wide.

Hudson-Odoi provided Chelsea's best moments in attack, with his pace giving the City defence something to worry about.

Ross Barkley also impressed early on with some neat touches, when he was seeing plenty of the ball in a deeper role, but his influence faded after the break.

In the longer term, Chelsea will surely improve as they adjust to Sarri's trademark 4-3-3 formation, but on this occasion they went backwards the longer the game went on.

It was a reminder of how much work Sarri has to do - but the good news is he will not have to play City every week.

Man of the match - Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Sergio Aguero
He looked slightly sheepish when he appeared on the big screen before the end of the game, when it was announced he was man of the match, but he deserved it. As well as scoring both goals he was a livewire up front, with seven shots in total, four of them on target, and he set up his team-mates for chances too

City dominate in the sunshine - the stats

  • City have won the Community Shield for the first time since 2012, when they beat Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park.
  • Chelsea have now failed to win the Community Shield in any of their past five appearances (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018). It's the joint-longest run of appearances without winning or sharing the trophy in the competition's history, along with Newcastle (1932, 1951, 1952, 1955 and 1996).
  • This is the first time the Premier League champions have won the Community Shield since Manchester United beat Wigan 2-0 in 2013.
  • The last Community Shield winners to go on to win the title that season were Manchester United in 2010-11.
  • Aguero's opener was his 200th goal for City in all competitions - the first player to reach that milestone for the club. He has now scored five goals at Wembley for City - more than any other player.
  • Ten of Aguero's 201 goals in all competitions for City have come against Chelsea - only against Newcastle (14) has he scored more.
  • Foden provided his second assist in all competitions for City - both have been for Aguero goals.

What next?

Sarri's first competitive game in charge of Chelsea is at Huddersfield on Saturday (15:00 BST). Before then, they play a friendly against French side Lyon at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday (20:05 BST).

City begin the defence of their Premier League crown with a trip to Arsenal next Sunday (16:00 BST).



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Caballero
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3Alonso
  • 4FàbregasSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 60'minutes
  • 5Jorginho
  • 8Barkley
  • 11PedroSubstituted forMosesat 79'minutes
  • 29MorataSubstituted forAbrahamat 69'minutes
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forWillianat 59'minutes


  • 6Drinkwater
  • 15Moses
  • 19Abraham
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 22Willian
  • 27Christensen
  • 59Bulka

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bravo
  • 2Walker
  • 5StonesSubstituted forGomesat 90+5'minutes
  • 14LaporteSubstituted forOtamendiat 87'minutes
  • 22Mendy
  • 47FodenSubstituted forDíazat 76'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 68'minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forKompanyat 80'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forGündoganat 45'minutes


  • 4Kompany
  • 8Gündogan
  • 30Otamendi
  • 31Ederson
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 55Díaz
  • 81Gomes
Jonathan Moss

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamMan City
Shots on Target

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    Match ends, Chelsea 0, Manchester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, Manchester City 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Claudio Gomes replaces John Stones.

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    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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    Attempt saved. Brahim Diaz (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker with a through ball.

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    Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

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    Foul by Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City).

  12. Post update

    Victor Moses (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Nicolás Otamendi replaces Aymeric Laporte because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

  18. Post update

    Victor Moses (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brahim Diaz (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.


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