Sarri predicts Barkley being 'useful' for Chelsea


There was only one victor in this season's Community Shield. Previously known as the FA Charity Shield (until 2002), Manchester United's 21 titles in 30 appearances is the most appearances and titles in the history of the competition. Goals though, have been hard to come by as the squad slowly adapts to "Sarri-ball". The former Leicester winger played 68 minutes against Chelsea but will take time to settle in the side.

From Pep Guardiola's passionate celebration of Aguero's opener, to his exasperation at Ilkay Gundogan missing the chance to make it 3-0 deep into injury-time, this was not just some pre-season warm-up for the City manager.

Both goals came courtesy of fine team moves - and both were started by City's centre-backs. Ahead of their latest meeting on Sunday, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.

The protracted negotiations to bring Sarri in from Napoli severely restricted his time to start implementing his philosophy on the Blues - he was only appointed three weeks ago.

Despite the absence of star players like Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, the intensity was high in the opening stages.

"We made it clear from the day I arrived we want him, but deals are deals, agents are agents and players are players".

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is available after returning early from his extended break.

The English duo of John Stones and Kyle Walker, at the heart of City's defense, did not let their World cup efforts affect them at the least. A loose pass from Jorginho allows Aguero to nip in and play the pass out to Sane, who had space to run into. That was the first game - we have to prepare game by game. It might have been worse but for some saves by Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal.

The positive note is that he can find the net when not at his best.

Chelsea were second best in nearly every aspect of play and took 25 minutes to register a shot. Sarri has completed two signings so far, with Jorginho and Rob Green joining the team.

Every trick and turn drew gasps of appreciation and excitement from the Chelsea end - they clearly appreciate they have a real talent on their hands.

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"[Manchester City] can be considered as favourites because we are the current champions", Jesus told reporters.

With Alvaro Morata having struggled to show even a slice of the cool finishing often on display by the Argentinian in his debut season in England, it's was a no brainer as to who got the nod.

These will include Eric Garcia, Cameron Humphreys, Douglas Luiz and Lukas Nmecha.

"The mentality was in the right position".

The Citizens cruised to their first silverware of the campaign thanks to a goal in either half from prolific striker Sergio Aguero at Wembley Stadium. Ask David Moyes, who won this in 2013 with Manchester United, or Arsene Wenger, who won it past year.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was in attendance at Wembley.

A midfield marvel set to be unleashed.

Chelsea have been linked with a number of players in the transfer window throughout the summer. As far as matters on the pitch is concerned, Maurizio Sarri will look towards the Italian worldwide to run the show from the middle of the park and create the chances for his teammates in the final third.

No such rustiness existed in Pep Guardiola's well-oiled unit.

Community Shield - Follow the Football match between Chelsea and Manchester City live with Eurosport. But, the FA Cup holders shouldn't have it easy at all, with City likely to give them a run for their money. City appeared able to pick off Chelsea at will.