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Riyad Mahrez Plays - Manchester City Team vs Chelsea Confirmed

07 August, 2018, 03:46 | Author: Lamar Ellis
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City are favourites to defend the title and among the top Champions League contenders after becoming the first English top-flight team to secure 100 points last season.

Guardiola plumped for a surprisingly strong side in the Sunday sun at Wembley, where Aguero was among six of City's World Cup stars in the starting line-up.

After 10 appearances for City last season, when he also inspired England's Under-17 World Cup triumph, Foden could be on the brink of a breakthrough campaign.

Sarri and Guardiola are close friends and dined together on the eve of the Community Shield, yet this first experience of Chelsea's reduced status must have left a nasty taste for the Italian.

The Argentina striker bagged a goal in each half to cap a brilliant performance from Pep Guardiola's side, who look in fine shape ahead of next weekend's Premier League opener. "We wanted to arrive fresh in this heat". Sergio Aguero will operate as a goal threat.

"Sergio was so sharp, so good", said City's Pep Guardiola.

Winning over Guardiola was arguably Aguero's greatest achievement however as the Spaniard had doubts about his ability to fit into a style of play that demands mobile forwards.

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Aguero struck his first on 13 minutes after Phil Foden burst forward to find the Argentinian, who wrong-footed Antonio Rudiger with a low shot to become the first City player to reach a double century of goals. Now he feels free.

"It is not good for any manager around the world so all the managers try to avoid that feeling when you lose a game".

"No, it won't", said Guardiola.

Willy Caballero, who endured a hard World Cup with Argentina, will operate between the sticks for Chelsea, with Thibaut Courtois still on a summer break as speculation surrounding his future continues to rage.

"My method has always been to speak with players face-to-face and then we will see what the best solution if for them and Chelsea.

I prefer in this moment to stay on the pitch with the players only for training".

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