Leicester City beat Manchester City 1-0 in the 2021 Community Shield on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men suffered late heartbreak in the Community Shield as the new
campaign got off to a losing start.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s 89th-minute penalty gave Leicester more Wembley glory as
they beat the citizens on Saturday.
Leicester had impressed throughout, with Harvey Barnes starring on his return
to competitive action from a knee injury which had sidelined him since February,
and the winger had been involved when Jamie Vardy’s shot was kicked onto the post
by Zack Steffen on the stroke of half-time.
Man City had their moments too, with Riyad Mahrez passing up several good chances
to score against his old club, including a great opportunity on the counter-attack
in the second half, but despite Grealish’s cameo, in which he showed glimpses of his
exciting dribbling ability, the Premier League champions were defeated.
FA Cup winners have now won this prize on six of the last seven occasions against
Premier League winners, and while it is unlikely to have a major bearing on how
the title race will play out this coming season, it’s clear Pep Guardiola’s side still have
work to do to be ready for their Super Sunday opener with Tottenham.
For Leicester, though, they go into their season curtain-raiser with Wolves full of
confidence after another Wembley triumph.
Wembley wasn’t at full capacity but there was excitement for both sets of fans early
on, with fit-again Barnes seeing a shot in the box blocked, Kasper Schmeichel, and
then, less-connivingly Caglar Soyuncu, diverting the ball over the Leicester bar, and
Vardy and Riyad Mahrez trying their luck from distance.