Phil Foden shows he's ready to step up for Man City after starring in Community Shield

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Phil Foden shone for City in the Community Shield win.

Manchester City were comfortable winners in their Community Shield fixture against Chelsea, lifting their first silverware of the season after a 2-0 victory.

Young Englishman Phil Foden was given a berth in the starting XI, a chance for the youngster to establish his first-team credentials, and he took it well, grabbing an assist.

Here’s a closer look at his performance.

KEY STATS

Goals – 0

Assists – 1

Shots – 1

Shots on target -1

Key Passes – 3

Passing Accuracy – 76%

Dribbles – 2

30-SECOND REPORT

Foden was a menace throughout, thanks to his pace and dribbling ability. He took advantage of some slack Chelsea defending to exploit the space that was on offer, and was good on the ball throughout.

By City standards, his passing was a little below the mark, but he showed composure when it counted, setting up Sergio Aguero for the opener.

GOT RIGHT

Pace – Foden’s ability to run at the defence marked him out as one of the biggest threats for the Chelsea rearguard. The danger his pace posed pushed the Blues back whenever he was on the ball.

Dribbling – Chelsea’s retreat brought his dribbling and close control to the fore, however, as he had space and time on the ball, which he used well.

GOT WRONG

For a City midfielder to have a passing accuracy rate of 76 per cent is almost unheard of in the Pep Guardiola era. There was nothing particularly careless – indeed, he pulled off a few brilliant passes as well, but a fair few went astray. He’ll have to improve as a more consistent distributor to merit a regular first-team place.

VERDICT

This was a strong performance from City’s 18-year-old, who has been considered a star in the making for some time. He justified the faith that’s been placed around him over the last year, showing that he can fit in among City’s bigger stars. There’s plenty to improve, but Sunday’s performance showed that he deserves more first-team minutes this season.

RATING: 7/10

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How do you follow up a near-perfect domestic season? Premier League champions Manchester City certainly set about it the right way in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, putting Chelsea to the sword in a 2-0 victory that could easily have been more emphatic.

Dead-eye Sergio Aguero brought up his 200th goal for the club in the process of scoring his double, while Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden were just two more stand-outs for Pep Guardiola’s men.

There were some worrying performances from a Chelsea perspective and, given that Maurizio Sarri has barely been at the club for three weeks, it seems that the Italian has a long road ahead of him to imprint his philosophy.

Check out our Chelsea ratings below:

CHELSEA (4-3-3)

Willy Caballero – Was snappy to thwart Aguero in a one-on-one and Diaz at the end. Chelsea have a problem if Courtois leaves, though. 7

Cesar Azpilicueta – Didn’t give Sane a sniff and he should be the least of Sarri’s concerns heading into the new season. 6

Antonio Rudiger – Improving but not the leader that Chelsea require at the heart of defence. Superb block at death. 6

David Luiz – Sarri has been pouring praise on the Brazilian but he simply does not have the awareness to play in a two-man defence. 4

Marcos Alonso – Great as a wing-back, perhaps not up to scratch as a full-back. His defensive ability against elite opposition is in question. 5

Jorginho – Should be afforded far more time to adjust, but was worryingly ponderous as the anchor of Chelsea’s midfield. 4

Cesc Fabregas – Perhaps the most impressive of Chelsea’s performers with usual slick passes. Likely to be pushed higher up when Kante gets back. 7

Ross Barkley – His big audition was neither here nor there, though not his fault that his supply lines were being cut off. 6

Pedro – Ran into a multitude of cul-de-sacs on the right-hand side. Chelsea better think twice about selling Willian. 5

Callum Hudson-Odoi – It’s no crime that a 17-year-old needs refinement and he did far more than the man on the opposite flank. 6

Alvaro Morata – Sarri needs to add snarl to this attack and Morata does not make himself felt often enough. 5

SUBS:

Willian (58′) – Spent most of his cameo in anonymity but he was marooned with no service. 5

Danny Drinkwater (60′) – His name was scarcely seen as the game passed him by in the centre of midfield. 4

Tammy Abraham (69′) –  Still growing into his body but at this rate, can challenge Morata for a start. 6

Victor Moses (79′) –  Actually gave Chelsea a little thrust, though lacked the results. 6

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How do you follow up a near-perfect domestic season? Premier League champions Manchester City certainly set about it the right way in the Community Shield on Sunday, putting Chelsea to the sword in a 2-0 victory that could easily have been more emphatic.

Dead-eye Sergio Aguero brought up his 200th goal for the club in the process of scoring his double, while Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden were just two more stand-outs for Pep Guardiola’s men.

There were some worrying performances from a Chelsea perspective and, given that Maurizio Sarri has barely been at the club for three weeks, it seems that the Italian has a long road ahead of him to imprint his philosophy.

Check out our Man City ratings below:

MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)

Claudio Bravo – One comedy moment when he let the ball sail over his head. A reminder of just how crucial that Ederson buy was. 6

Kyle Walker – Young Hudson-Odoi got very little joy down his flank, as the England defender forced him to cut back inside. Solid return. 7

John Stones – Could this be the season he finally establishes himself as top dog in Pep’s eyes? Wonderful interception sparked Aguero’s second. 7

Aymeric Laporte – Was deceived by one Morata run but apart from that, snuffed out an in truth anemic Chelsea attack. 6

Benjamin Mendy – Gets a bonus point for looking so sturdy after a horror injury robbed him of almost an entire season. The attacking will come. 7

Phil Foden – The ‘Stockport Iniesta’ showed Andres-esque verve. He set up the opener and Aguero should have done better with another exquisite through ball. 8

Fernandinho – A little sluggish on his return from Brazil duty though fared better than the man who was meant to replace him in Jorginho. 6

Bernardo Silva – He could prove the most important Silva for City this year. His assist in the second-half counter aside, he sliced Jorginho to ribbons. 9

Riyad Mahrez – By no means near his best but City’s record signing flashed enough to show he should settle very nicely into a Sky Blue shirt. 6

Leroy Sane – Given he had the entire summer off the German was strangely subdued. Needs to buck up ideas with Mahrez and Sterling for competition. 5

Sergio Aguero – There’s no one you’d rather have on the end of a counter-attack. Two clinical goals, missed chance for a third. 8

SUBSTITUTES

Ilkay Gundogan (45′) – Bernardo went wide to replace the ineffectual Sane and Gundogan helped smother the Chelsea midfield further. 7

Gabriel Jesus (68′) –  Lively in the last 10 minutes. But is he really Pep’s favoured striking option over Aguero? 6

Brahim Diaz (76′) – Showed Chelsea defence a blur of feet before hitting side netting. Had a further chance blocked. Another promising talent. 7

Vincent Kompany (80′) – Offered a few crunching tackles before hoisting the trophy aloft. First of many? 6

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