News flash: Manchester City are still quite good.
The Premier League champions romped away with the title last season and on this evidence they’ll take some stopping again after swatting aside Chelsea 2-0 in the Community Shield.
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But, with Dream Team on the mind ahead of the new campaign, what did we learn from a fantasy football perspective?
If you haven’t signed up yet you need to hurry, and for those of you who have these five tips might be worthy advice…
Fantasy football tips: Things we learned ahead of the new Premier League season
Where is the Sergio Aguero love?
Every season fans underestimate Aguero and every single time he silences his doubters.
His two goals today brought up 200 in a Manchester City shirt – and he could have had even more.
Aguero is arguably the greatest finisher in Premier League history but only 22% of Dream Team managers have selected him so far ahead of the new season.
That’s less than Harry Maguire… so 78% of you are taking a real chance.
Alvaro Morata still horribly isolated
Morata made the headlines this week after swapping the Chelsea number nine shirt for the number 29 in tribute to his newly born twins.
But even two of him out there would have looked isolated as the Spaniard struggled to make any kind of impression.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was bright but Eden Hazard’s absence was an obvious one. Now to make sure he stays at Stamford Bridge…
Do you have Morata in your Dream Team? You might want to get him out now!
Bernardo Silva takes centre stage
City have an embarrassment of riches in attacking areas and with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva absent from the start, Bernardo Silva moved off the flank into a more central role.
To say he was marvellous is an understatement, pulling the strings and having the guile to drift past players effortlessly.
Silva brilliantly set up Aguero for his second and was probably the best player on the pitch.
Chelsea’s defensive shift leaves Victor Moses in the dark
Chelsea played with wing backs for two years under Antonio Conte which created a role for Moses on the right.
But Maurizio Sarri has reverted back to a flatter back four throughout pre-season and did again at Wembley, meaning Moses dropped out of the side.
Moses came on in the second half but is now likely to be way down the pecking order if he plays further forward, behind Hazard, Willian, Pedro and even young Hudson-Odoi.
Do you have Moses in your Dream Team? You might want to get him out now!
What for last season’s top scoring defender?
Nicolas Otamendi has a rash side to his game but Pep Guardiola has transformed into a far more reliable asset in the last 12 months.
His penchant for goal scoring as well as a raft of clean sheets and good individual displays saw him finish as the highest scoring defender on Dream Team last season with 223.
But Guardiola opted for a centre-back pairing of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, which might give us insight into his preferred setup for the upcoming season.
Do you have Otamendi in your Dream Team? You might want to get him out now!