MANCHESTER City captain Vincent Kompany insisted winning trophies is what matters to the club after they wrapped up their first one of the 2012-13 season to follow on the Premier League crown last season and the FA cup the season before.
Goals from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri gave the Barclays Premier League champions a 3-2 win over Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Villa Park.
Chelsea had Branislav Ivanovic sent off by referee Kevin Friend for a studs-showing tackle shortly after they had taken the lead through Fernando Torres. City overhauled the lead with Ryan Bertrand pulling one back.
“We are here to win trophies, we’ve started and we want more, it matters to this club,” said Kompany.
Meanwhile, manager Robert Mancini revealed defender Micah Richards will be sidelined for a month with an ankle injury he suffered when on Olympic duty for Great Britain in the quarter-final clash with South Korea.
City initially thought Richards would only be out of action for a week but the prognosis is worse than first feared.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart was also ruled out with a back problem which means he is not available for England’s friendly with Italy on Wednesday.
City have agreed a fee with Everton - believed to be £15 million - for midfielder Jack Rodwell.
League Two Morecambe were celebrating arguably the finest victory in their history when they caused a huge upset as they dumped Lancashire rivals Blackpool out of the Capital One Cup with a 2-1 victory at Bloomfield Road yesterday. Lewis Alessandra’s sixth minute strike set the foundations for a cup shock. Andy Fleming made it 2-0 shortly after half-time and although Ian Holloway’s side scored through Alex Baptiste on 77 minutes they lost out in what was the first-ever competitive fixture between these Lancashire coastal neighbours.
Unsettled Arsenal striker Robin van Persie got a muted reception from Gunners fans when he came off the bench in the emphatic 4-0 victory against Cologne.
The Dutchman took the captain’s armband from Thomas Vermaelen after replacing Lukas Podolski who scored twice against his former club, the first a penalty. Vermaelen and Gervinho got the other Arsenal goals.
Out-of-favour striker Andy Carroll capped a comfortable 3-1 victory for Liverpool over Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season friendly.