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Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City: Talking points from the Community Shield
 
sbobet168 From an ominous sign for Man City's title rivals to Callum Hudson-Odoi's spark for Chelsea, talking points from the Community Shield, where Sergio Aguero's double won it for the Premier League champions...

City hungry for more
Of course, it would be wrong to read too much into a Community Shield result played in sapping conditions by players still feeling their way back to full fitness and without some first-choice team-mates. But one thing was clear on Sunday: this City team are still hungry for more success.From Pep Guardiola's passionate celebration of Aguero's opener, to his exasperation at Ilkay Gundogan missing the chance to make it 3-0 deep into injury-time, this was not just some pre-season warm-up for the City manager.

That desire was matched by his team, who looked sharp, dominant and eager to assert themselves once again on English football as they rained 18 shots at the Chelsea goal.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.That's an ominous sign for the other sides with title aspirations. sbobet168 It's going to take a hugely impressive campaign to finish above this City side this season.

Sarri needs time
Maurizio Sarri pointed out in the match programme Chelsea finished 30 points behind City last season and that, while Guardiola has enjoyed two seasons working with his squad, he is still yet to meet some of his players who featured late-on at the World Cup.There is certainly plenty of work for the 2016/17 champions to do if they are to close the obvious gap to their successors. Chelsea didn't touch the ball in City's half until the 25th minute. Hudson-Odoi's 35th-minute effort was their only strike on target in the match. This was a commanding City display.

There is a clear shift in Chelsea's approach, though. Gone is the back three, replaced by a flat back four: the marauding wing-backs now cautious full-backs holding the line. But ahead of them is Jorginho, a central midfielder keen to dictate the tempo, and excitement on the flanks from Hudson-Odoi sbobet168 and Pedro, in spaces Eden Hazard is likely to thrive in. Now they need Alvaro Morata - a struggler on Sunday - to click.Time is a rare gift at Chelsea and Sarri will hope to hit the ground running in the league. Fortunately for him, Chelsea will not run into a team of City's calibre every weekend.

 


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