The Blues lost their first competitive match of the season after coming up against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
LONDON: The English season got off to a familiar start as Manchester City´s Sergio Aguero struck twice, including his 200th goal for the club, as they beat Chelsea 2-0 to claim the Community Shield for the fifth time at a sun-baked Wembley on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola's record-breaking City won the title by 19 points ahead of neighbours Manchester United last season. Brahim Diaz then had a shot saved before Gabriel Jesus was met by some more good goalkeeping, you have to feel that if it wasn't for the Blues stopper, the score could've been double figures.
City could have added several more but a combination of poor finishing and some fine goalkeeping from former City man Caballero kept the scoreline respectable.
Like their top-six rivals, Chelsea's preparations for the new season have been hit by the late return of their World Cup players, while Jorginho, who debuted against City, is so far the club's only first-team signing. "I asked him 'how long did you have?' He said two weeks", Ferdinand said. The squad will be nearly identical to the one that smashed all sorts of Premier League records last season and they're understandablyodds-on shots to be the first to retain the Premier League title in ten years but a disrupted start to their 2018/19 campaign is a distinct possibility. The central midfielder seemed perturbed by the imposing figures of Bernando Silva and Phil Foden, getting caught in possession by the City stalwarts.
"It was hard but the players played really well", said Guardiola.
Resolving the managerial situation hasn't ended uncertainty around Chelsea.
N.B Chelsea play their third and final International Champions Cup game on Tuesday against Lyon at Stamford Bridge.
"I am not interested in the agent, " Sarri said. Jorginho, who opted for Chelsea over City, was central to Sarri's plans, but players to complement the Italy midfielder were lacking.
Sarri wants to hear the message directly from Courtois. "I don't have any answer to the agent".
Traditional kickoff to England season features 2017/2018 FA Cup Winners Chelsea facing runaway Premier League champions Manchester City.
Of course, it would be wrong to read too much into a Community Shield result played in sapping conditions by players still feeling their way back to full fitness and without some first-choice team-mates.