Pep Guardiola's Man City cruised to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in today's FA Community Shield as they continue preparations for a Premier League Title defence. However, for new blues boss Maurizio Sarri, it was a game that emphasized the work required.
One of the main concern at Stamford Bridge is the continued underperformance of striker Álvaro Morata. The Spaniard once again struggled to perform and speaking on BT Sport, former Irish international Richard Dunne pulled no punches in his assessment.
For Chelsea, it is really worrying. I know the manager has only had two weeks but there were some players in that team today who didn't want to be there or were not fit enough. You can change tactics or make the team work harder but the actual individuals, I am talking specifically about Morata. He was a disgrace up front today, I thought he was awful.
"Morata was a disgrace up front, he was awful."
Richard Dunne pulls no punches as Chelsea fall to defeat in Maurizio Sarri's first game. pic.twitter.com/iXjbZuknBi
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Sarri's task is complicated by the more pressing concern of keeping star players, not buying new ones. Both Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are reported to be pushing for a move away.