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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored both goals in their Community Shield win over Chelsea
Camera Icon Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored both goals in their Community Shield win over Chelsea
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07 August, 2018

Though the clash was mainly about fitness and preparation ahead of the new season, Guardiola will have been hugely encouraged by the performance of his players.

"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".

City's 18-year-old midfielder has always been tipped for stardom and Guardiola believes the England Under-17 World Cup victor is on the brink of a breakthrough campaign.

"The players are in bad, bad conditions", Guardiola said. "We wanted to arrive fresh in this heat".

Gabriel Jesus has fired a warning to Manchester City's title rivals by insisting the reigning Premier League champions are the front-runners to win a second-consecutive title.

Having signed Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester earlier in pre-season, Guardiola wants a defensive midfielder to increase his options in that area.

"We have the idea to press", the Italian added.

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Phil Foden delivered an accomplished display in the Community Shield.

That initial concern has been banished by Aguero's relentless appetite for goals and he became the first player in City's history to score 200 times for the club when he opened the scoring in the 13th minute against Chelsea.

Hudson-Odoi was a rare bright spot for Chelsea, with subdued Spain striker Alvaro Morata offering little evidence he can make amends for last season's flop. "He did really well", Guardiola said.

Maurizio Sarri has had only a couple of weeks to work on his new Chelsea squad after the protracted firing of Antonio Conte.

It is still possible for players to transfer out of Premier League clubs to other leagues, for instance Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois could be sold to Real Madrid after the August 9th deadline, but Chelsea will need to recruit their replacement before then.

"He was training all season with us, he fought with all our players, so that's why it's so good to have another player with this talent".


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