As per usual, the weekend before the new season begins there is the small matter of the Community Shield, where the Premier League and FA Cup winners face each other. Whilst there is a trophy for the winner, I have always thought of it as a glorified pre-season friendly where both clubs tend to show off new signings and have a decent enough warm-up game before the new season starts.
Chelsea have had a busy summer, having spent the most amount of money out of any the English teams, bringing in; Hazard, Marin, Oscar, whilst they’re still looking to tie up a deal for Victor Moses.
Surprisingly, since lifting the Premier League last season Man City have not signed anybody, which looks set to change since news broke not long before the match was about to start that they agreed a fee for Jack Rodwell.
So what did we learn?
Despite shelling out big money, for one reason or another only Hazard was the only new signing to make an appearance in this match, which lasted for about 71 minutes. Eden Hazard was a much sought-after player in the summer before deciding to electing to join Chelsea but if he is to make an impact next season he is going to have to perform a lot better, his only memorable contribution was tripping over the ball attempting a back heel.
This could finally be the season Fernando Torres can start justifying his £50 million fee. After helping Spain win Euro 2012 and winning the golden boot by the virtue of an assist, he opened the scoring for Chelsea with a calm finish that appeared to desert him for most of last season and could be a sign that Torres is ready to show that he can be Chelsea’s main man for goals, now that Drogba has gone off to Shanghai.
Man City lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, which could be why they have shown an interest in signing Agger from Liverpool, and were the better team throughout including a dominant 10-minute spell scoring three goals which shows they are ready to pick up from where they left off last season. Yaya Toure, Tevez, Aguero and Nasri were a threat throughout the game and if they are kept fit next season then Man City will be a difficult team to topple once again.
If Chelsea can get their new signings to settle quickly, they can be a threat next season and Roberto Di Matteo will need to get off to a good start to avoid what happened to AVB last season.