- Chelsea lose 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield.
- Blues fans should avoid reading too far into the outcome.
- Do you agree with us, Blues? Let us know in the comments!
Chelsea were defeated by Manchester City at Wembley in the Community Shield on Sunday afternoon. It will have served as a real wake-up call for Maurizio Sarri.
The Blues cantered through their previous pre-season fixtures, losing only to Arsenal, and that was on penalties in a game that we dominated prior to mass substitutions.
A contest with the reigning champions was seen to be ideal in order for us to gauge where we’re at in terms of competitiveness. We’re now left wondering if we’d rather have lived in ignorance.
Man City’s frontman, Sergio Aguero, stepped up to the mark and delivered a brace for his team. Alvaro Morata allowed himself to be bullied out of the game, as he often does.
Our defending was shambolic. Even if Thibaut Courtois was between the posts, he will have stood little chance shutting City out with the flimsy nature of our back-line.
The lacklustre performance was concerning, but we need not make any unnecessary assumptions based on that 90 minutes alone.
Courtois, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi are all yet to return. An unfit Willian featured in the final half an hour, but was only operating at 50% of his full capacity.
There are arguments for all of the aforementioned players to be starting when Sarri has a fully fit squad at his disposal. The Chelsea we saw on Sunday is not the Chelsea we will see throughout this season.
If anything, the outcome of the game ought to offer us inadvertent encouragement. Pep Guardiola has had two-years to work on his squad and instil his philosophies into the minds of his players. Sarri has had only three-weeks.
The City side who played us off the park give us an idea of what we could look like further into Sarri’s tenure.
It would be easy to panic after such a dismal performance, but the context must be considered. This game proved too much, too soon for Sarri’s men. But better days are coming.