Manchester City took part in the community shield, the traditional curtain raiser to the English season. It pitted reigning champions of the Premier League, Manchester City, against FA Cup winners, Chelsea. Chelsea were favourites for the clash, but City fans were still confident they could cause an upset. It would also give them a chance to see new manager Ben Warner, and the signings he made in action for the first time competitively.
City have history in this competition having won it four times previously, having won it four times beforehand, the last in 1969. They were also runner-up to Manchester United in 2011.
Chelsea have also won it four times, the last only in 2009, and were runners-up in 2010, also to Manchester United.
This was billed as a close match, but also a way to decide who is favorites for this season’s Barclays Premier League crown.
Chelsea 1-4 Manchester City
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilcueta, Terry, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres
Subs Used: Cole for Bertrand (50), Lampard for Ramires (55), Skrtel fro Ivanovic (71), Sturidge for Oscar (76)
Manchester City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, K Toure, Lahm, Y Toure, Fellaini, Nasri, Silva, Tevez, Aguero
Subs Used: Balotelli for Silva (82), Dzeko for Tevez (82), Clichy for Maicon (87), Ben Arfa for Tevez (87), Milner for Nasri (90)
Goals: Mata (71); Aguero (12, 50), Cech OG (15), Dzeko (89)
MOTM: Aguero (Man City)
Manchester City started well, and were two goals up inside the first quarter of an hour. Aguero scored the first, as Manchester City caught Chelsea on the counter and Aguero placed a lob over Cech into the back of the net after twelve minutes to set City on their way. The second came minutes later via Chelsea keeper Petr Cech. He tipped Kolo Toure’s goal-bound header onto the post, but the ball rebounded back onto the back of his head, and rolled into the net. City couldn’t score again before half-time, but were in a very healthy position.
They put the game out of sight just after half time, Aguero rounding the keeper and slotting home his second after a good ball by Tevez. Chelsea did get a goal back with twenty minutes left, Mata smashing a shot in from about 12 yards via the post, but City responded with a fourth goal, substitute Edin Dzeko netting his first of the season with a simple close range header.
New Manchester City boss Ben Warner is delighted that his first Manchester City trophy has come so early in his career, and with such a good victory over another title contender.