Continuing where they left off last season, Pep Guardiola’s side dominated from the outset on a sweltering Sunday afternoon at Wembley – with their top marksman going through the 200-goal barrier for the club.
Aguero struck either side of half-time in a win that was far more comprehensive than the 2-0 scoreline suggests, sealing a fifth Community Shield for Premier League champions City as a Chelsea side lacking key players and preparation toiled.
Sarri has only been in the hotseat for three weeks after the west Londoners parted company with Antonio Conte, despite the former boss leading them to FA Cup glory in May and the previous season’s Premier League title.
Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois were among the high-profile absentees that Chelsea’s manager had to deal without against a surprisingly strong City side boasting six of their World Cup stars in the starting line-up.
Aguero was among them and took just 13 minutes to net his 200th goal for the club after collecting a pass from 18-year-old Phil Foden.
Surprisingly it took until the 58th minute for City to grab another, when the impressive Bernardo Silva slipped their all-time top scorer in to fire home his second.
While to many the Community Shield is only a glorified friendly, some see it as a shot at silverware not to be sniffed at and Guardiola’s pleasure was clear after adding to last season’s Premier League and Carabao Cup crowns.
As for Chelsea, new manager Sarri has a lot of work to do before next Saturday’s Premier League opener at Huddersfield.
It looked ominously one-sided from the outset, with Leroy Sane soon threatening before City built from the back to send Foden galloping forward.
The teenager laid off to Aguero as soon as David Luiz made a meek attempt at a challenge, with the striker sending a low effort past former City team-mate Willy Caballero.
Guardiola punched the air after a goal that City had chances to add to before Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata tried his luck from distance, with 17-year-old livewire
Callum Hudson-Odoi having two of his own attempts after a planned water break.
The second effort from Hudson-Odoi was somehow spilled by Claudio Bravo, who soon endured an even more embarrassing moment after somehow misreading the bounce of a hopeful ball forwards, seeing it bounce over him and racing back to save his blushes.
But Chelsea’s threats were fleeting, and City never looked flummoxed, even when Aguero wasted a glorious chance when rounding Caballero to fire into the side-netting in the 50th minute.
Within eight minutes his 201st City goal arrived, darting between Luiz and Antonio Rudiger to meet a fine Silva ball with a smart finish.
Pedro and City summer signing Riyad Mahrez had attempts at goal, before Caballero’s defiance prevented Aguero from completing a hat-trick with a volleyed effort.
Widespread substitutions and the heat made the game stretched, although Brahim Diaz was looking to make an impact off the City bench.
He fired into the side-netting and then forced Caballero into action, with fellow substitute Gabriel Jesus stinging the goalkeeper’s palms before Bravo prevented Tammy Abraham meeting a cross at the other end.
Diaz was able to force Caballero into one more save in stoppage-time, when Rudiger threw himself in front of Silva’s attempt to add gloss to the scoreline.
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.
Goals – 0
Assists – 1
Shots – 1
Shots on target -1
Key Passes – 3
Passing Accuracy – 76%
Dribbles – 2
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.
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.
Phil Foden was 11 years old when Sergio Agüero scored his first Man City goal.— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) August 5, 2018
At 18, he just set up Kun's 200th for the club. pic.twitter.com/yb8JEHnXDl
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.
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.
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:
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
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