10 things the Community Shield taught us about the new season
1 Chelsea’s reserves have pretty much got their league sewn-up already.
2 Thomas Kuszczak and Ben Foster (when he is fit again) will have their work cut out ousting Edwin van der Sar.
3 Wayne Rooney is back! Was he ever away? Anyway, Fergie has predicted a big season from the England star and he made a promising start as he ran at defenders in a way he didn’t seem confident enough to do at times last season.
4 The Premiership is going to be very tight again this season. Although Chelsea have a lot of players out injured, United also have a couple of their summer signings to filter into the squad.
5 Ryan Giggs is still going strong as he approaches his 34th birthday. We can expect to see the likes of Nani saving the Welshman’s legs over the course of the season, but he is still one of the best in the business.
6 Florent Malouda looks a very promising signing for Chelsea, but can I stretch to his Â£10 million fantasy football fee?
7 Another Chelsea-Man Yoo FA Cup final is the last thing we want this season.
8 Jamie Carragher is probably re-thinking that international retirement talk with John Terry now a doubt for England’s upcoming matches against Germany, Russia and Israel.
9 There’s one thing Jose Mourinho loves more than a fully-fit squad: lots of juicy injuries to have a good old moan about and make his side underdogs for the season ahead.
10 Nothing! It is basically a hyped-up pre-season friendly so we won’t really know what level the two teams are at until the season proper is underway.
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