Guardiola lauds Bernardo Silva's Community Shield 'masterpiece'

Kristopher Nichols
August 7, 2018

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.

"He came back earlier and that showed me again a lot of things and that's one of the reasons we won today".

From the brilliant Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez's encouraging debut to John Stones starring at centre-back and, later, defensive midfield, City were brilliant across the pitch. Both managers have the utmost respect for each-other and neither side will be going hell for leather for victory.

"[Sarri] is a manager who likes to play football, a manager who has a game philosophy similar to Manchester City", the 29-year-old said.

This will be the third meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley, with the Premier League champions winning the most recent one in April 2013 (2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final). This was a commanding City display.

There were promising signs for Chelsea though, mainly the encouraging performance from Callum Hudson-Odoi. Fortunately for him, Chelsea will not run into a team of City's calibre every weekend.

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Already tipped for stardom after inspiring England to Under-17 World Cup glory, the 18-year-old played 10 times for City last season, but this term promises to be his breakthrough year. Manchester United beat them 3-2 in 2011 and Arsenal beat them 3-0 four years ago, two years after City beat this week's opponents 3-2 at Villa Park. Foden ran with the ball at his feet all the way to the edge of the Chelsea penalty box, passing to Aguero, who dragged the ball on to his left foot and found the bottom corner of the net with a low finish. Aguero, as ever, was a constant threat and will consider himself unlucky not to have added a third strike to his tally, but Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero, arguably the best player for his team, proved an effective barrier for what could have been a rout for Guardiola's men.

It was Aguero's 200th City goal - making the Argentina striker the first player to reach that milestone for the Eastlands outfit.

That direction appears to be wavering on and off the pitch, with the shambolic nature of Antonio Conte's sacking as Chelsea manager highlighting the confusion that now invades all aspects of the club.

It's vital that Chelsea keep hold of him, and the Frenchman is an upgrade on Allan who played the same role for Sarri at Napoli. However, despite Jorginho racking up plenty of touches here, City's high press restricted his options and on several occasions nearly forced costly errors. Big, big chance for Aguero!

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