Sunday 12th August 3pm - Community Shield (from Villa Park)
Chelsea v Manchester City
Manchester City manager Georgi Kinkladze has rewarded Edin Dzeko with a starting place in the Community Shield after an impressive pre-season, he also handed a start to new £40m signing Daniele De Rossi.
Chelsea’s front 4 were all new signings so it will be interesting to see how they blend together, Oscar, Hazard, Ben Arfa and Jovetic all have a chance to shine in this season opener.
First Half –
The first half saw Chelsea dominate the first 10minutes, putting plenty of crosses into the box and having a few long distance efforts saved by Joe Hart. An Edin Hazard free kick in the 11th minute was a turning point though, as Kompany headed clear and it ended up at the feet of David Silva, who ran 65 yards down the pitch before cleverly finishing at the near post to make it 1-0 City.
Chelsea carried on pressing and having more of the possession without ever really threatening and their day got even worse in the 31st minute as Pablo Zabaleta’s cross found the head of the in-form Edin Dzeko to make it 2-0 City. And City weren’t finished there, some clever play inside the box saw the ball go wide to Silva and his cross was met perfectly by Samir Nasri who made it 3-0 just before the break.
Half Time – Chelsea 0 Manchester City 3 (Silva 11, Dzeko 31, Nasri 41)
Second Half –
Well, well, well…the second half! We dominated from start to finish, the players were unbelievable and although the penalty in the 53rd minute did look a little dodgy, Sergio Aguero stepped up to convert his first goal since he scored the winner in May.
In the 63rd minute, after a bad pass in the middle of the park from Mikel, Edin Dzeko sprinted pass John Terry before smacking the ball home from 25 yards to make it 5-0 City, and things would get even better. Not only were we completely dominating but we added another goal, a cross from Wellington Nem was turned in at the near post by Joleon Lescott to make it SIX!
Final Score – Chelsea 0 Manchester City 6 (Silva 11, Dzeko 31,63, Nasri 41, Aguero 53(p), Lescott 84)