Man City leave Chelsea no chance: how the game unfolded as seen by fans & media
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⚽ Aguero '13
⚽ Aguero '57
?That's it. Chelsea lose 2-0 in the first (semi) official game under Maurizio Sarri. Real worries about defence with Man City cutting acres of space off with nonchalant passing. Overall, a deserved result. See you next time!
A little distraction from the result & performance:
There's always Claudio Bravo to give us a good laugh.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) August 5, 2018
?At this point, it's just about not conceding more:
Caballero has kept this from being a complete embarrassment.— chelskiblues (@chelski_blues) August 5, 2018
?Shots on target:
His name is...a certain Frank Lampard winning it with his new team:
The Chelsea end is singing the name of the Derby County manager.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) August 5, 2018
Alvaro would rather hope it's not HIS last appearance. At least before a bench spell:
⚽ Well...not much to say but to clap City's efficacy and swiftness of this counter after a simple ball retrieval:
Chelsea learning lessons here. It is a case of being exposed for only having 20 or so days training in their new system together. Man City are class and exposing their mistakes in pressing, finding the gaps between the lines. Players not on the same wavelength yet #CFC #MCFC— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 5, 2018
Surely the Brazilian would be welcome:
Loud applause and then chants from the #CFC end as Willian goes out to warm up.— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) August 5, 2018
You can't NOT be impressed by the kid. Can he emulate his first half but with a better end product?
Callum Hudson-Odoi Community Shield first half by numbers:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 5, 2018
100% dribbles completed
94% pass accuracy
6 passes in the final third
⭐ in the making. pic.twitter.com/YqWWUSTXVc
?Well...we're coming back!
?Even the FA Cup's official Twitter account can't suppress a chuckle:
?Statistically speaking...Highest rated players according to WhoScored:
? Sergio Aguero 7.69
? John Stones 6.97
? Bernardo Silva 6.94
?Claudio Bravo misery continues but unfortunately, the ball jumping over his head was not enough to make it 1-1. Half-time.
?The thing about CHO is even when he can't beat Walker he occasionally forces a decision in Chelsea's favour i.g. a throw-in:
?Chelsea touch map. Look at that lonely dot in Man City box:
?CHO has another crack at goal, this time it is his best opportunity. Like Aguero, he's given all the room for a strike that only hits Bravo.
?Maurizio really needs a fag now. He always chews on something, maybe on a stub or a tobacco lump.
?25 minutes into the game, it's actually just one team playing. Maybe a water break will help the Blues:
City more on it than I expected, just three weeks after the World Cup.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 5, 2018
?Maurizio Sarri may need a drag at this rate, the game's not on:
Some really bad passes from both teams so far. Sloppy, lazy, way off target. Not acceptable even in a friendly.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) August 5, 2018
City's goal, by the way, answers the question why/where/how N'Golo Kante will play in this team:
We need a certain N'Golo Kanté back ASAP.— CFC (@CFCWriter) August 5, 2018
⚽ 1-0 to City. That's some poor defending by an entire team:
poor defending tbh - Aguero had more time than Big Ben then to waltz into position and score— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) August 5, 2018
?Jorginho is playing the deepest among the midfield trio. We are really tempted to learn where Kante will slot into this formation.
Fans, especially Man United ones, are having a proper laugh about the attendance:
Tricky to judge the actual attendance at the 90,000 capacity Wembley today. Both ends with plenty of gaps - though City with the biggest hole. The official line will doubtless fail to reflect reality, but I recon about 65k.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) August 5, 2018
?City are pressing. Even Jorginho cracks under this pressure with a miscommunication with Cesc:
City testing Chelsea a little in these opening stages. But nothing too tricky as yet. Both bosses reflecting the casual nature of the occasion: Guardiola's t-shirt slightly more streamlined than Sarri's.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) August 5, 2018
⚔KICK-OFF! Let the battle commence!
Judging by the squad and probably the two coaches being freaks. Or romantics. Any way you like it:
?Here's the crown, or rather a trophy, a shiny gewgaw looking like a platter that the two teams will battle for.
Chelsea can only brag about 4 Community Shields but the only fruitful spell for their relationship with this trophy was the 00s when they won it three times (2000, 2005, 2009). The other time was a distant 1955.
?Sarri is unlikely to experiment here as his set-up will surely be the one he tried in pre-season. The fans, by the way, have probably noticed the Italian is not a big fan of extreme rotation policies:
?Here's reminding about the squads as neither team go easy.
?Man City have chosen the likes of Phil Foden and Claudio Bravo while Riyad Mahrez, a wet dream for many Blues over the last few years, starts, as well. The rest is their more or less normal set-up:
?The Blues keep on sticking with Callum Hudson-Odoi who looks more poised for a starter role this upcoming season. Willy Caballero will be between the sticks as some fans are left wishing it were Bulka:
?Welcome, Chelsea fans! A new season more or less officially begins with a game for a trophy. A trophy that not everyone values but it's still a piece of silverware and a proof that the team won something just last season. Hop on board!