City back in the groove as Aguero ruins Sarri's bow

He didn't have too much of an impact for Manchester City last season but Bernardo Silva is set to race out of the traps in 2018/19, coach Pep Guardiola pointing out how happy he is with the winger.

Blues boss Sarri, hired to replace the sacked Antonio Conte last month, endured a miserable debut in the prestigious friendly at Wembley as lacklustre Chelsea were swept aside by Premier League champions City.

On this evidence, City could follow in their arch rivals' footsteps at the end of the season.

After a record-breaking season in which City amassed 100 points and scored 106 goals in the Premier League, Guardiola has signed only Riyad Mahrez and youngster Claudio Gomes this summer.

Mahrez twisted into space on the right before seeing a low cross cleared as Pep Guardiola's side dominated the opening half-hour, ad they could have been two up after 24 minutes when Sane's heavy touch enabled Caballero to snatch the ball.

But that was the only sour note for City as they got back in the groove in impressive style.

The Community Shield loss highlights some of the issues which might plague Chelsea as the season progresses, some of them include- Transfer market, the late arrival of Sarri, deadwood in current roster and so on.

Argentina worldwide Aguero had been stuck on 199 since he notched in the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal on February 25, but he finally added to his tally in the first half to put Chelsea on the path to defeat in their first competitive match under Maurizio Sarri.

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Sarri has brought Italy midfielder Jorginho with him from Napoli to serve as the pivot for his manager's attacking gameplan.

The Hard Tackle predicts a 2-1 win for Sarri & co.to kickstart the new era for Chelsea on a strong note.

The other goal came when England U17 midfielder Phil Foden surged forward in the 13th minute before squaring to Aguero, who struck into the bottom corner.

Jorginho, signed as the central tenant of 'Sarri-ball, ' was guilty of wastefulness and frequently gave possession away.

The 30-year-old looked sharp and slotted home his second after the restart to ensure the Premier League champions started the new season with silverware.

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.

Callum Hudson-Odoi having two of his own attempts after a planned water break. Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley, or Ruben Loftus-Cheek will all hope to make it theirs, but the answer to this problem could lie in the transfer market.

Both goals came courtesy of fine team moves - and both were started by City's centre-backs.

  • Lawrence Cooper