Both teams without three first-team players for the game
- Author: Stacy Allen Aug 07, 2018,
Aug 07, 2018, 0:54
At 30-years of age, he shows no signs of slowing up either.
Pep Guardiola also took the chance to give Phil Foden a start, and was vindicated by a composed performance from the midfielder, who looks more than ready to step in when called upon. Did well to deny the striker when he tried to round him in the second half. Both games finished one apiece with Chelsea winning the first on penalties, 5-4, before they lost 6-5 to Arsenal. Whose made the best signings?
While it has been a summer of continuity at City after a record 100-point Premier League haul, Chelsea have gone through more turmoil in recent weeks.
Two-goal Aguero was replaced by Vincent Kompany, with the Belgium defender untroubled as City strolled to the most comfortable of Wembley victories, Jesus denied their third goal by Caballero's save but Moses nearly pulling one back after a scramble late on.
That initial concern has been banished by Aguero's relentless appetite for goals and he became the first player in City's history to score 200 times for the club when he opened the scoring in the 13th minute against Chelsea.
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The Spaniard was delighted with his team's performance in baking conditions that sapped the energy from exhausted legs but still ensured they became the first Premier League champions to win the trophy since Manchester United in 2013. "Sometimes when you are sat here cold, you can analyse it in a different way".
Does Maurizio Sarri have the players he needs? "The important thing is that they play better, not their relations with the manager".
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.
Sterling has declined a new contract offer from City, meaning he enters the new campaign with only two years left on his existing deal. The inconvenient tour didn't teach anyone anything and new signing, Mahrez, even managed to pick up an injury although he will play on Sunday. "So it [the arrival of Mahrez] is not an influence", Guardiola told the Mail.
"No, it won't", said Guardiola.
Clearly, recently hired Everton manager Marco Silva, who coached Richarlison at Watford before getting fired in January, thinks highly of the tall midfielder whose pace and strength got him into promising positions but whose finishing often left him down. He knows that, his agent knows that. "In the next week we have a friendly match [against Lyon on Tuesday] and I prefer in this moment to be on the pitch with the players only for training".