Sarri: My Chelsea Still Work In Progress

Manchester City begin the defence of their Premier League title against with a trip to Arsenal next Sunday (16:00 BST). Willy Caballero will likely deputise for Courtois once again.


With key players still absent from the squad, including midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, the young midfielder took his opportunity with a confident and composed display in warm conditions.

Foden responded with a performance that belied his tender years, highlighted by an incisive run and pass that set up Sergio Aguero’s opener.

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

Guardiola was effusive in his praise of Foden post-match, saying: “Phil is part of the team”.

However, his botched one-on-one chance and occasionally sloppy link-up play hinted at a player needing more minutes. Brahim Diaz then had a shot saved before Gabriel Jesus was met by some more good goalkeeping, you have to feel that if it wasn’t for the Blues stopper, the score could’ve been double figures.

Who would you choose to be your main striker – Kane or Aguero?

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

Chelsea have officially revealed their starting line-up and substitutes to lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City for the first piece of silverware of the season in the shape of the Community Shield.

The last four editions of the Community Shield have been won by reigning FA Cup holders, with Manchester United in 2013 the last reigning league champions to do so.

“I spoke with the club about the market but only one time, no more”.


Chelsea FC have been linked with a whole host of players this summer but the Blues have so far only signed Jorginho and Rob Green ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline. Maurizio Sarri’s side may get there eventually, but today showed that they have a long way to go. We doubt it, even if we do have several players returning to the first-team. He was only a little better as the match wore on and Sarri must hope it was just a case of first night nerves. Having reached the semi-finals and having met each-other in a pointless third-place playoff, City’s numerous Belgian and English stars have only this week returned to their domestic fold and none of them made it to the States for City’s three International Champions Cup games with Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern. It should’ve been 2-0 within five minutes of the restart as Aguero got in behind only to see his attempt to around Caballero thwarted by his worldwide team-mate.

Sergio Aguero