Chelsea – Manchester City
5 August 2018, 15:00
England. Community Shield.
Stadium Wembley Stadium
Referee Jonathan Moss
Linesmen Adam NunnEdward Smart
Reserve referee Paul Tierney
Who will win?
Hi and welcome to the Wembley Stadium where Chelsea face Man City in the Community Shield!
Some of the players who reached the latter stages of the World Cup, including the Bengian duo of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, are still out for Chelsea. The same holds true for Man City, who are missing Kevin De Bruyne.
Man City have been victorious on four occasions but just once in modern era (2012), when they defeated the Blues at Villa Park.
Pep Guardiola has won both head-to-head clashes with Maurizio Sarri (his Man City defeated Sarri's Napoli twice at the group stage of the 2017–18 Champions League).
Man City XI: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Foden, Mahrez, Aguero, Sane.
Chelsea XI: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Morata.
Kick off! The new season is underway!!!
Mahrez enters the Chelsea box from the right flank but David Luiz calmly blocks his attempt.
Sane's attempt from outside the box goes wide.
City are trying to cause issues for the Blues backline with a high press.
Bernardo Silva knives through the defence on the left flank but his cross misses everyone.
City win a dangerous free-kick after a foul by Jorginho but the attempt by Mahrez doesn't make it past the wall.
City are by far the more active side early on.
Mahrez finds Aguero in the box but his shot is so bad that the ball hits the corner flag and stays in play.
GOAL! City shed the first blood as Aguero scores his 200th goal for the club! Foden set up the Argentine who was given way too much time by Rudiger and made the Blues pay.
Chelsea look like they're coming to life as they win a corner.
A free-kick by Fabregas kept Bravo guessing as it was curling away from him: the Chilean goalkeeper was able to tip it away, though.
A counter attack for City but Aguero's long-range effort is saved easily.
The Blues continue to struggle to maintain possession.
A sloppy play by Jorginho creates a great chance for Man City but Sane's poor touch allows Caballero to get to the ball.
A turnover at the end gives an opportunity to Morata but his shot misses. Now the teams get a drinks break.
City come again right after the break but Chesea survive.
Hudson-Odoi cuts in from the left and shoots: not bad but not threatening Bravo.
Chelsea return favour applying furious high press.
Hudson-Odoi finds a yard of space and fires: it's straight at Bravo but the goalkeeper had issues hanging on to it.
Mahrez gets the ball near the edge of the box but Luiz sweeps it away from him easily.
This game has not been very entertaining after the first 10 minutes…
Hudson-Odoi tried to scoot around Kyle Walker but the England full-back won the race.
Mahrez' shot is saved easily by Caballero.
Two minutes added on.
Bravo gets in trouble after a long ball bounces off the ground and over him but recovers well.
That's it for the first half! A sloppy half from the Blues. Hudson-Odoi has been brilliant though.
We're back underway! Gundogan has replaced Sane.
Another Jorginho giveaway is snatched by Aguero who then runs 40 yards before placing the shot well wide.
Aguero is through, tries to go around Caballero but the goalkeeper stays with it long enough to force a poor shot that goes wide.
Caballero then makes the save on Foden. Again a hot start for City.
Chelsea have actually completed more passes and have a better success rate but the turnovers have come at the most inopportune times.
GOAL! It's Aguero again. A quick five-on-four break for City and they double the lead. Bernardo Silva's through ball carves the defence open and Aguero makes the Blues pay.
Willian and Drinkwater replace Hudson-Odoi and Fabregas, who did not help his cause to win a regular place in the line-up today.
Pedro struggles with a knock.
Another speedy attack from City but the finishing touch was lacking from Gundogan.
Pedro's attempt from the edge of the box goes wide.
Mahrez makes way for Jesus.
Abraham replaces Morata as we've reached the second water break.
A cross from the right reaches Foden at the far post who attempts to head it back but it's cleared by Luiz.
Aguero volleys the ball straight at Caballero from close range.
Foden is replaced by Diaz.
Diaz has a tight angle to shoot from and his attempt hits the side-netting.
Pedro makes way for Moses, Aguero is replaced by Kompany.
Another shot by Diaz forces Caballero into an excellent save.
Jesus tries to capitalise on another turnover but he's turned away by Caballero.
Laporte is down and in need of treatment.
Otamendi replaces Laporte.
A quick counter from the Blues, Bravo saves the initial shot from Abraham, the ball bounces back to Moses but he couldn't pot it home.
Abraham and Bravo collided on that play it looked lik and the goalkeeper receives treatment.
Four minutes added on.
Diaz is through… saved by Caballero!!!
Man City are just allowed to do whatever they want right now. Silva almost had an empty net to shoot at but Rudiger made the block.
Seconds before the final whistle, Stones is replaced by Gomes.
That's it. A poor game for almost anyone in blue (the darker shade) as Chelsea lose the first match of the season.
Sergio Agüero Willy Caballero
İlkay Gündoğan On Leroy Sané Off
Sergio Agüero Willy Caballero
Willian On Callum Hudson-Odoi Off
Danny Drinkwater On Francesc Fàbregas Off
Gabriel Jesus On Riyad Mahrez Off
Tammy Abraham On Álvaro Morata Off
Brahim Diaz On Philip Foden Off
Victor Moses On Pedro Off
Vincent Kompany On Sergio Agüero Off
Nicolás Otamendi On Aymeric Laporte Off
Claudio Gomes On John Stones Off