ANALYSIS: City cleave Chelsea’s work-in-progress press

Alan O’Brien 

By his own admission, Maurizio Sarri’s methods can take time to bed in. The exacting coach took just seven points from his first 10 games in charge of Empoli. And his prior posting at Sorrento, where he expected his players to memorise just the 38 set-piece drills, lasted all of six months. But the Neapolitan hit the ground running at his hometown club, and Chelsea fans will be hopeful that this abject Community Shield showing is not a harbinger of early-season pain to come. Continue reading

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Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United: Maiden Mou victory masks massive task at hand

Despite a late winner from the debuting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United’s Community Shield victory over Leicester City provided little evidence of an immediate José Mourinho-inspired revolution. Continue reading