By Mukwuzi Joseph
Jack Grealish his Manchester City debut from the bench but it was another substitute, Kelechi Iheanacho who won the Community Shield for Leicester
Just two days after becoming the most expensive British player following his move from Aston Villa for £100million, Grealish was named among the City substitutes at Wembley.
The England attacker entered the fray with 65 minutes gone but was unable to help City break the deadlock.
Instead it was former City striker Iheanacho who won a second Community Shield for Leicester – 50 years to the day since they won their first – with a penalty two minutes from time sealing a 1-0 victory.
This was supposed to be the first club match played in front of a full house since the pandemic began, but Wembley was only about two thirds full with many fans, especially from Manchester, opting to stay away.
With many established stars also missing through injury or late returns from their summer exertions, and Grealish waiting in the wings, City boss Guardiola named an unfamiliar side and gave teenagers Sam Edozie and Cole Palmer a big chance to impress.
Leicester welcomed back Harvey Barnesfrom the knee injury which ended his season in February, and he quickly went about unsettling the City defence with his fast, direct running.
But City created the first chance when captain Ilkay Gundogan forced Kasper Schmeichel into a finger-tip save with a curling, dipping free-kick.