Sarri v Guardiola - the verdict after the pair’s tactical battle at Wembley

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Sarri v Guardiola - the verdict after the pair’s tactical battle at Wembley

Will Sarri's smooth start continue? .

Chelsea missed out on the first piece of silverware of the season as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the sunshine at Wembley on Sunday. A year ago, Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the 2017 Community Shield game in a shootout following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Sarri has still not seen six of his players after the World Cup, including unsettled Belgian stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who are both linked with Real Madrid.

The game between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners is the traditional season curtain-raiser but on this evidence the gap between the two teams, which last season was 30 points, is as wide as ever despite the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager and the signing of midfielder Jorginho. Pep said of Sarri.

The former Napoli man is key to Maurizio Sarri's style of play and triggers action in the final third with his impeccable passing accuracy - making him the ideal link man from defence to attack.

The Premier League champions dominated throughout, with Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Benjamin Mendy all impressive. Riyad Mahrez is their first and probably last transfer in and no big names are likely to leave.

Sarri, who was only confirmed as Antonio Conte's successor at Stamford Bridge on July 13, admitted that time is running out to get Chelsea physically ready for their Premier League opener against Huddersfield.

Saturday will mark the tenth anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's purchase of the club and what a transformation he's made.

"He has issues to tackle right through his team and, with Thursday being the transfer deadline for incoming players, there is not much time to decide whether to address them in the transfer market". The transition from the second to the third phase for City was easy on the eyes as they were able to move their opponents and then utilize the space in midfield to carry the ball.

"We were really impressed when he arrived for pre-season".

Chelsea have lost their last four appearances in the Community Shield and City have lost two of their three most recently played.

However, just ten minutes later, he doubled his side's lead by sliding the ball inside the near post after a deft pass between the defence from Bernardo Silva.

"I arrived here three weeks ago and I have never seen six players [at one time] so it is very hard", he said.

Pep Guardiola said he believes Sergio Aguero could be even better this season after a knee operation removed a long-term problem, after the forward scored twice in the the Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

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