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How Manchester City eased to English football's first domestic trophy

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Manchester City began the new season exactly how they finished the last, as Pep Guardiola's men eased to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea at a boiling hot Wembley Stadium.

The champions seemed happy enough in second gear for most of the game, with two Sergio Aguero goals either side of half time enough for victory. The Argentine has continued to be a thorn in Chelsea's side, having now netted 11 times against the Blues since his arrival in England. 

City's win meant it was a third trophy for Pep Guardiola, who adds the Shield to his League Cup and Premier League double last season. This was also the first time the Premier League champions have won the Shield since Manchester United beat Wigan 3-0 back in 2013. 

Whilst City was able to field a strong side, new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was limited in his selection, with key players such as Eden Hazard, N'golo Kane and Thiabut Courtois having still not returned to training following extended leave after the World Cup. 

Whilst all three are expected back at Cobham on Monday, speculation remains rife about the future of Hazard and in particular Courtois, amid speculation Real Madrid are after the pair.

Most of the players Sarri did have at his disposal however proved largely ineffective, lacking anything of note in the attack in what was another bad afternoon for Alvaro Morata, who is set to start the season as Sarri's main striker.

The one bright spark for the blues, however, was 17 year old Callum Hudson-Odoi, whose bursts of pace gave the City defence trouble at times and who was the only Chelsea player to register a single shot on target. The youngster is said to have seriously impressed the new Chelsea manager, who has confirmed he will be within his first-team squad this season.

City did miss key players in the form of both Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne as well as David Silva. However, Guardiola handed a start to his only new signing, Riyad Mahrez, as the side was led by the brilliant Aguero to ease to what was a routine victory.

The worry for the rest of the division now is that City seems to have lost none of there ability or hunger during the summer and with De Bruyne, Sterling and Silva all still to come back into the side, the champions could take a fair bit of pegging back if they're not to win a second successive Premier League title this campaign. 

 Image Credit - Pixabay, Flickr Commons. 

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