Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

Man City vs. Borussia Dortmund gives Pep Guardiola much to think about

Mahrez Magic

Riyad Mahrez is one of only a handful of senior players on the tour, and the club record signers should be very pleased about it.

For those who wonder how the former Leicester man will come even into the star-studded team, he has an early opportunity to defend his place.

No Bernardo Silva, no Raheem Sterling, no David Silva, no Ilkay Gündogan – if Mahrez can make himself a star in these games, the pressure will go straight into the new season.


Three or four behind?

It's the main question about Pep Guardiola's tactics, which goes into the new season. Benjamin Mendy's injury last year made a change back to four before the three really got going, but games like Watford showed his devastating potential.

Mendy is not in the squad yet (he'll be in Miami) and City does not really have the full-backs to try a three – but then they do not necessarily have a four.

The manager talked about how much he enjoyed translating his lessons the club's teens and it might be useful for them to have experiences with a 3-5-2 when it comes to how to be in City a row stands.

They suspect City will use both during the season, which may mean that we both see the tour

Gentle Challenge

The invitation was there to Germany nose-rubbing, but not taken, Guardiola along the highway and instead offered the challenge for Leroy Sane show exactly what he can do.

Sane was not considered at the start of Premier Le last season because he was not impressed when he returned from his freshman year at the Etihad, so it will not just be Joachim Low he has in his mind when he does this Plays games.

With so much of the first team looking they could be undercooked for the start of the Premier League, a full-flying sane would be consolation.

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Manchester City – Important Information


There is always a child prodigy on tour and there is a flood of prospects, this time making up the majority of the tournament.

Guardiola spoke fiercely about midfielder Claudio Gomes, but we will not see him until the last two games, as he has not officially signed

Lukas Nmecha, who made his competitive debut last season, could be the only center forward Guardiolas plans to go

Foden vs. Sancho

Phil Foden will probably be one of the more senior players in the city as th The manager wants to develop the talented playmaker into a regular player.

Today, just a year ago, the wiry teenager thrilled everyone with his performance in the friendly against United in Houston.

Jadon Sancho was not even After a dispute over a new contract, which eventually led to his move to Borussia Dortmund on the deadline, he made this tour.

The two were typed by City's Chairman for Great and it will be interesting to see them progressing against each other in Chicago.

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