Manchester City set the standards for the new season with a win against Chelsea at Wembley.
With the Premier League set to get underway next weekend, City and Chelsea played out the traditional fixture at Wembley for the first trophy of the season, although its importance this year has been even more diminished by the absence of many World Cup stars as they enjoy a much-deserved holiday.
Pep Guardiola’s men showed on numerous occasions their ability to carve Chelsea open and split the defence with surging runs.
It took only 13 minutes for Man City to open the scoring.
Youngster Phil Foden burst through the Chelsea defence and squared one for Aguero who wasted no time in scoring his 200th goal for the club with a low driven left foot shot through Rudiger’s legs and across Caballero into the bottom corner.
Man City looked increasingly dangerous throughout the game and Sergio Aguero struck again in the 58th minute.
Gundogan found Bernardo Silva who slide a reverse-ball into the box for Aguero who snapped his usual finish under Caballero.
The difference in drive and energy was personified by Benjamin Mendy, whose return instantly made City look more physical and powerful, such was his thrust down the left.
On the other hand, the lack of energy in the Chelsea midfield could only be explained by the absence of star man Kante.
Although he’s coming off the back of a World Cup winning campaign with France, the Blues could have really used the energy the French international brings to the fray to match the tempo set by Guardiola’s side.
The attention turns to next weekend when the Premier League gets back underway.
Manchester City look even hungry to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet this season