While a couple of youngsters impressed with their tenacity, some of the experienced guns from the back-to-back PL winners are slowly coming into the groove for yet another exhilarating season of Premier League action. And yes, the match came with some warning signs for some players. Here are our main takeaways from the final game of the Premier League Asia Trophy.
Premature panic, unjustified criticism and quite frankly a ridiculous reaction from a small portion of Manchester City fans following the defeat in the Premier League Asia Trophy final. It must be stressed, for those that haven't realised it yet, it is still pre-season and there are plenty of games still to go before the real Premier League gets underway in August! Nevertheless, here are our player ratings following a defeat on penalties in Shanghai.
Good Evening Blues! For the first time in what seems like forever transfer gossip took a backseat because City are back! A fun game to watch with some impressive performances from some of the youngsters. Don’t worry though, we have you covered with the transfer news you may have missed!
Following some delayed flights courtesy of Thomas Cook, a jet-lagged Manchester City kicked off their pre-season tour of the Far East with a 4-1 victory against Manuel Pellegrini’s experienced West Ham side. City’s Copa America stars are on holiday following a gruelling tournament, whilst Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy and Eliaquim Mangala are also absent from the tour, with the latter expected to leave the club. Pep Guardiola’s squad featured plenty of experienced players combined with many youth prospects. Here’s how we rated the players’ performances in Nanjing.
Manchester City came from behind to breeze past West Ham United in the Semi-Final of the Premier League Asia Trophy. Goals from David Silva and Lukas Nmecha turned the game around before a Raheem Sterling brace added some gloss to the scoreline. Here's what we learned from the first game of preseason...
The first match to be played in Manchester City’s 2019 pre-season tour will see the reigning champions of every domestic cup competition take on a familiar foe; Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United in the Premier League Asia Trophy. The first step of this journey kicked off with a hiccup. Due to an administration error from former kit sponsor Thomas Cook, City were forced to wait a day before travelling to China. Will this affect Pep Guardiola’s preparations? Only time will tell.