Brazilian-born Italian, Jorginho, a long-time target of Sunday's opponents, has followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea and it may not be long before the pair have Chelsea playing the sort of football that Pep Guardiola was gushing about before City took on Napoli in the Champions League a year ago. But one thing was clear on Sunday: this City team are still hungry for more success. A Sergio Aguero brace capped off a solid team performance, as Pep Guardiola's men never looked like they were in pre-season mode. In one excerpt, already leaked on the internet, Guardiola is seen berating his players, telling them "sometimes you play better when you hate me". It's going to take a hugely impressive campaign to finish above this City side this season. Our pre-season has been a bit insane so we have to work. Most of City's attacks came down Chelsea's left-hand side.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich spent £30m purchasing a penthouse apartment in London last month, but his long-term commitment to his adopted base is now unclear after United Kingdom authorities refused to renew his visa to stay in the country and without him, Chelsea are lacking the leadership he has provided since becoming the chief decision maker 2003. Like Maurizio Sarri, he would have also realized the immensity of encountering the defending champions. Fortunately for him, Chelsea will not run into a team of City's calibre every weekend.
City got on the front foot and took the lead inside 13 minutes when Phil Foden turned up the tempo by driving forward and feeding Aguero, who drifted into space 18 yards from goal and picked out the bottom-right corner. As far as matters on the pitch is concerned, Maurizio Sarri will look towards the Italian global to run the show from the middle of the park and create the chances for his teammates in the final third.
"Others play better when they are angry with their manager or decisions or because you shout at them".
Two goals in either sides of the half-time from Sergio Aguero put the game to bed.
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With Agüero becoming the first City player to break the 200-goal barrier, Guardiola saluted the club's record scorer for the latest display of his predatory instincts. City finished 30 points ahead of Chelsea.
Antonio Rudiger grew into his role at Stamford Bridge last season following his move from Roma, where he quickly made Chelsea a tougher proposition in the defensive third. However, despite Jorginho racking up plenty of touches here, City's high press restricted his options and on several occasions nearly forced costly errors.
Caballero made a smart save to deny Aguero a hat trick, with another change following as the excellent Foden was replaced by Brahim Diaz, with Victor Moses replacing Pedro for Chelsea as the game entered its last 10 minutes.
The FA Cup winners play the Premier League Champions in the traditional season-opener on Sunday and Steve Rawlings fancies the outsiders are the value. But there was one man who had some success: the Blues' thrilling teen Callum Hudson-Odoi. Chelsea left him free at the back post, but Caballero managed to make the save from the striker's volleyed effort.