Manchester City were runaway winners of the Premier League last season and they certainly picked up where they left off on a scorching day at Wembley to lift the 2018 FA Community Shield. Pep Guardiola’s men enjoyed the better of this year’s contest and sealed a comfortable victory thanks to a brace from Sergio Aguero, City’s all-time record goalscorer and the man with more strikes under the Arch in a Sky Blue shirt than anyone else in their history.
- The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald's
- Sunday 5 August 2018
- Wembley Stadium connected by EE
- Live on BT Sport
It didn’t take City long to get going and they broke the deadlock after little more than ten minutes. A move which was started at the back with a neat interchange of passing between John Stones, Kyle Walker and Fernandinho ended with the ball at the feet of 18-year-old Phil Foden. The youngster drove at the Chelsea defence before slipping a pass to Aguero, who did the rest by driving a low left-footer past former City team-mate Willy Caballero and into the bottom corner. And he added his second of the day just shy of the hour mark, finishing off a lightning counter attack with a low finish past Caballero following an incisive pass from Bernardo Silva.
Young guns in the sun
Both Guardiola and his opposite number Maurizio Sarri took the opportunity to give youth a chance, with two of England’s U17 World Cup winners enjoying a run out and also no doubt impressing their managers. For City, it was Foden who caught the eye with his close control, quick passing, movement and intelligence perfectly suited to his team’s style of play. An assist for Aguero’s opener won’t have done his chances any harm either. And for Chelsea, Callum Hudson-Odoi continued his first pre-season with the first team in impressive style by causing problems for City's back line with his pace and direct approach in the first half. There were also second-half substitute appearances for City’s Brahim Diaz and Claudio Gomes and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.
A day for the Community
Aside from the on-pitch action, the new season’s traditional curtain-raiser also has a long history of celebrating the English game’s grassroots heroes as well as raising money for charity and community programmes. At half time, winners of the inaugural FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards were invited onto the pitch to receive their awards from England legend Sir Geoff Hurst. This year, tickets for the season’s traditional curtain-raiser were distributed to a number of community groups. In addition, all clubs who participated in last season’s Emirates FA Cup competition proper will receive £2000 to distribute to a nominated charity, with both Chelsea and Manchester City receiving a further £25,000 for the same purpose. All other profits from the event will be distributed to a number of charitable causes later on this year.
Chelsea: 1 Willy Caballero, 2 Antonio Rudiger, 3 Marcos Alonso, 4 Cesc Fabregas, 5 Jorginho, 8 Ross Barkley, 11 Pedro, 20 Callum Hudson-Odoi, 28 Cesar Azpilicueta (c), 29 Alvaro Morata, 30 David Luiz
Substitutes: 6 Danny Drinkwater for Fabregas 60, 22 Willian for Hudson-Odoi 60, 19 Tammy Abraham for Morata 69, 15 Victor Moses for Pedro 79
Substitutes not used: 59 Marcin Bulka, 21 Davide Zappacosta, 27 Andreas Christensen
Manager: Maurizio Sarri
Manchester City: 1 Cladio Bravo, 2 Kyle Walker, 5 John Stones, 10 Sergio Aguero, 14 Aymeric Laporte, 19 Leroy Sane, 20 Bernardo Silva, 22 Benjamin Mendy, 25 Fernandinho (c), 26 Riyad Mahrez, 47 Phil Foden
Substitutes: 8 Ilkay Gundogen for Sane 46, 33 Gabriel Jesus for Mahrez 68, 55 Brahim Diaz for Foden 75, 4 Vincent Kompany for Aguero 80, 30 Nicolas Otamendi for Laporte 87, 81 Claudio Gomes for Stones 90
Substitutes not used: 31 Ederson
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Goals: Sergio Aguero 13, 58
Referee: Jon Moss