3rd August, 2018
Chelsea and Manchester City open the new season in the English football season in a mouth-watering clash on Sunday 5th August, 2018 as they square off at the Wembley Stadium in a match to determine who goes home with the first trophy of the season – the Community Shield.
It is a clash between the Premier League and FA Cup winners for the last season and a very inspiring and appetizing opener to the season for all the fans of the British Premier League.
And interestingly, it is a match featuring two “Blues” in a sense. While Chelsea are known as the “Blues”, their opponents, Manchester City are the “Sky Blues”. So which of the “Blues” will come out tops in this game?
The current Premier League Champions – Manchester City were absolutely impressive in the way they won the competition last season, winning 32 out of their 38 games and amassing a highly-impressive 100 points.
The team has however not been very active in this pre-season transfer market as it made only one acquisition when it brought in the impressive Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City. ManCity had a fairly relaxed pre-season preparations as it lost friendly games to Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund but went on to defeat Bayern Munich in their final pre-season game.
The game against Chelsea is surely going to be a different ball game as the Guardiola-tutored team would naturally want to seize the opportunity to add to their already-impressive trophy cabinet.
The last time Manchester City laid their hands on the Community Shield was way back in 2012 when they won the trophy for the fourth time in their history.
ManCity will be going into the game on Sunday possibly without their newly acquired player Mahrez who suffered an injury in one of their pre-season matches. Other players who will likely be missing for the clash include Benjamin Mendy, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte.
On the other hand, Chelsea F.C., is to be fair to them, more or less in a “work in progress” mode at the moment. That is because of changes that have recently been made (and may still be made) to the team’s setup.
The team’s Premier League and FA Cup winning manager Antonio Conte has left and has since been replaced by fellow Italian and former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.
Aside from that, just like their opponents for this game, Chelsea has not been very active in the pre-season transfer market. It has been more busy in a struggle to keep other European top teams from poaching some of its best players, in particular Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian.
All the same, it was able to acquire the services of two players. The club signed Italian midfielder Jorginho for over £50million and also brought in veteran goalkeeper Rob Green.
On another positive note for the team, Spanish forward Pedro has just signed a new contract at the club.
Despite all the challenges it is facing, Chelsea interestingly have had an impressive pre-season as it got victories in matches against Perth Glory and Inter Milan. Even in the only match that they lost (on penalties against Arsenal), they were very unlucky not to have wrapped up the game as they clearly dominated the Gunners but were simply too wasteful with the the chances that came their way.
Chelsea have won the Community Shield on four occasions and will be highly motivated to win it again on this occasion.
Newly signed Jorginho might just be making his debut for the Blues in this particular game while Cesc Fabregas and Kurt Zouma will be missing as a result of injuries.