The Premier League kicks off next week, but the first piece of top-level action was staged on Sunday afternoon in the form of the Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea.
It was a delightful few hours at Wembley for City fans, but there are plenty of concerned faces among the Chelsea faithful.
The Blues were beaten 2-0 by Pep Guardiola’s side, and there was a gulf between the two teams in terms of performance.
Chelsea were lacklustre, sloppy and failed to make an impact up front, with Alvaro Morata leading the line.
At the back it was not much better as the West London outfit were cut open numerous times.
It was a disappointing start to Maurizio Sarri’s reign as manager, and it proved that he needs to dip into the transfer market before the window closes next Thursday.
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The coach’s attacking philosophy was not demonstrated well at Wembley, which shows that he has plenty of work to do.
Some fans noticed that, too, and even though there were groups who turned on Sarri via social media, plenty targeted the players and expressed concern for the new man in charge.
Sarri is in for a very RUDE shock…..#CFC
— Amon Kimeli (@arap_chief) August 5, 2018
— ☉ Golden Morata ☉ (@GoldenMorata) August 5, 2018
we have the worst squad in the top 5 in terms of quality
feel for Sarri, he’s in for a tough season
— Please Stay Eden 😢😢😢 (@RayBradleyCFC) August 5, 2018
The excuses starting now, players not right for Sarri, lack of time and preparation, no transfer activity etc etc. Pretty much same for Conte first season. Sarri has some work to do to get us anywhere near that season #cfc
— Slartibartfast (@GrocerJackUK) August 5, 2018
Thankfully we don’t have to play this well oiled machine of Man City every week. I can see a long painful season ahead, changing the playing style of a club takes time. I hope Sarri is afforded it! 😔 #CFC
— JonnyCobalt®™ (@JonnyCobalt) August 5, 2018
Hate coming here to slag off players, but this chelsea squad is laughable compared to City. Really worried about this season being a car crash without more signings which suit Sarri. Can’t change a club philosophy in 2 weeks, but the players aren’t anywhere near technical enough.
— Super Frank (@RomansCFC) August 5, 2018
Sarri saying he doesn’t need new players. Hahah welcome to Chelsea Boss.
— Ashish Subedi (@asis_cfc) August 5, 2018
We are levels behind Manchester City. Didn’t have much hope going into this game. Sarri has had just 3 weeks to completely change our style of play. He needs more time. #CFC
— 🅰️Ⓜ️ (@MorataReloaded) August 5, 2018