Published: Mon, August 05, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Five key talking points after Manchester City’s Community Shield win

Five key talking points after Manchester City’s Community Shield win

At the final whistle, there were a lot kinder exchanges marked by a wealth of respect, with both camps fully aware that another almighty battle will brew between them over the season ahead.

Liverpool will start their competitive campaign against City on Sunday as they both try and claim the Community Shield. Last season, he lacked consistency and failed to fully synchronize with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co., ending the Serie A season with a paltry five goals and four assists.

"Obviously in the second half we were in charge and full of desire". Claudio Bravo was particularly effective with his laser-guided long balls causing problems, particularly down Liverpool's right flank.

Kevin De Bruyne nodded across to David Silva, who flicked the ball on for Sterling to turn in from close range.

With City installed as favourites to win the title for a third successive season and Liverpool expected to present the strongest challenge to Pep Guardiola's side, their meeting on the eve of the season was a window into what to expect this term.

It's reported to be a world record, $100 million deal for the Leicester City player. The Spain global slotted in naturally to the number six role and allowed his team mates to flood forward and cause havoc on Liverpool's defensive lines.

Guardiola was speaking after seeing his side edge past Liverpool in the Community Shield, winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw. You saw that in periods in the first half.

Guardiola gave a positive assessment of an injury to winger Leroy Sane, who lasted just 13 minutes of the Community Shield before suffering an injury.

The 36-year-old was doubtlessly boosted by Mo Salah's weird hesitancy in front of goal, but he still did all he could for his team on a busy Sunday afternoon.

The second half is about will and all that stuff.

"I thought it was my Pep, Pep Lijnders!"

City took this fixture seriously a year ago when they dismantled Chelsea in a 2-0 win that could easily have been five or six.

Liverpool tried to respond immediately, but Salah shot wide after skipping past Zinchenko rather than squaring to Divock Origi, who appeared better-placed. Oddly, he continuously favoured Bravo's near post and fluffed his lines when clean through in stoppage time, although Walker's acrobatic clearance on the line was pretty heroic to be fair.

Now Daniel Farke's squad can focus on facing European champions Liverpool on Friday evening, an 8pm televised clash which kicks off the new season for the Premier League.

Like this: