City beat Sarri’s Chelsea, win Community Shield

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas

Here, Sportsmail takes a closer look at the challenges that lie ahead for Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea following their Community Shield loss.

David Luiz showed the bad side of his defensive duties. His lack of pace was evident every time he was caught up the pitch.

Hired as an antidote to the acerbic Conte, former Napoli boss Sarri admits Chelsea are under-cooked following a hectic pre-season that has left him with little time to drill his players in the attacking philosophy that made his time in Italy so entertaining.

Guardiola has not always looked so at ease, and been so forthright and honest, before the English media - a fact that makes the forthcoming fly-on-the-wall Amazon documentary chronicling City's spectacular title-winning season eagerly anticipated. Sarri has completed two signings so far, with Jorginho and Rob Green joining the team.

The Blues faithful who anticipated the launch of Sarri-ball at Chelsea were left disappointed.

Despite the return of several stars though, a number of youngsters should be starting against Chelsea.

However, not all is doom and gloom for the Blues. Usually, patience at Chelsea doesn't last that long, so Sarri is in a hurry to have his ideas work.

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.

"We would like to be more intense in the pressing, but it was impossible because the players were absolutely exhausted". On that front, Chelsea came close to matching City as they finished the game with 48% of possession. Guardiola kept his game face on.

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"I think at the end of last season, the knee operation.he suffered the previous years with a little bit of a problem and Ramon Cugat, the best doctor in the world, made the flawless surgery and now he feels free".

Alonso was one of Chelsea's standout performers in a disappointing season, scoring seven times as he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

On the other hand, City had made 976 and 673 passes in their two games against Chelsea, while the season average was 743.

Pep Guardiola hailed Bernardo Silva's Community Shield performance as "a masterpiece" and suggested the Portuguese is now one of the first names on his Manchester City team sheet.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures of City lifting the Community Shield on Sunday.

"If they are both going to stay then they are the ideal wide men to play in Sarri's 4-3-3 system".

As clichéd as it may sound, the Italy global may take time to adapt, not necessarily physically, but mentally and to the intensity with which even the supposedly weaker teams will shut him down.

Facing Pep Guardiola's record-breaking champions Manchester City is never easy, especially when you are without Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

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