Ilkay Gundogan says Manchester City are keen to defend their Premier League title.
Sergio Aguero’s double helped the champions beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday to win the Community Shield, and Pep Guardiola’s side now head to Arsenal on August 12 to begin their title defence.
However, Gundogan told the club's official website that the Community Shield triumph is a good sign ahead of the new season.
"I was curious the way we would start the game and how it would go," he said. "We knew what to expect and we knew it was going to be really tough.
"We did a great job. It was a very good start to the season for us. All in all, it was a great performance and a well-deserved win.
"I wouldn't say that it was necessary to give us confidence, but the first weeks when the season starts, the important games start, you never really know what to expect.
"You don't really know 100 per cent on which level you are.
"It was a great test for us, a last test before the Premier League season. At the end, we feel ready right now and we can't wait for the season to start."