Manchester City have claimed the first silverware of the season, beating Chelsea 2-0 on a hot and sunny day at Wembley.
Sergio Aguero scored both goals to put him on 201 goals for the blues as City picked up from where they left off last season. The champions gave starts to Claudio Bravo, Phil Foden and new signing Riyad Mahrez as they swept past the FA Cup winners with ease.
Aguero scored his first after just 13 minutes, latching onto a pass from Foden and firing past former blues keeper Willy Caballero. There was a moment of panic for the City back line when Bravo had one of his ‘moments,’ when he allowed the ball to bounce over him and had to chase back before Alvaro Morata could tap in to equalise.
Aguero grabbed his second 13 minutes into the second half, and this time is was Bernardo Silva who was the provider. The Portugese midfielder played in a pass behind the Chelsea defence and Aguero, who only a few minutes earlier had rounded Caballero only to hit the side netting, didn’t miss this time and put the blues 2-0 up. It could have been more for City but for the Argentine keeper, who denied Aguero a hat-trick and also stopped substitute Brahim Diaz from adding to the tally.
The blues, who were without Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and David Silva, never looked like surrendering the lead and limited Chelsea to just seven shots throughout the whole match, with just two of those on target. It was a strong performance from City, but while Aguero will take all the plaudits, it was youngster Foden’s and Silva’s midfield partnership that caught the eye.
Both were ready to move forward at every opportunity and this was evident as they both set up a goal each. And it is worth noting that Foden was just 11 years old when Aguero scored the winning goal against QPR in 2012, and now the young lad from Stockport is providing assists for the Argentine.
The result was just what City needed with their opening match at Arsenal just a week away, and the fans will enjoy how sharp and hungry the team look ahead of the new season.