Community Shield is around the corner and the match will be played between Man City and FA Cup winners Leicester City. With the annual football tournament just a week away, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is short on players as the club is missing many of their first-team players during pre-season. The manager hints that City will fight for the title with the second team.
Community Shield is scheduled for 7th August at Wembley Stadium, where Euro 2020 semi-finals and final was played. After the rigours of last season and Euro 2020 much of City’s senior squad is resting hence, Guardiola has admitted that the Premier League winning club will have to field an inexperienced team in the annual football competition.
Citizens began their pre-season training on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Preston North End. Before competing for Community Shield against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on August 7, Man City will host Barnsley at their Academy Stadium on Saturday in their final warm-up.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the win over Preston, Guardiola said: “We have to adapt with just three or four players from the first team, every week is coming players, hopefully, they come back and they can train.”
“I know we don’t have time because in 10, 11, 12 days we have the Community Shield with just three players but we’re going to play with the players [from the] the second team and we’re going to try,” Pep added.
“Every season is so tough so the mending is important, we need rest, mentally. The managers and the backroom staff we have time but the players were in the European cup, they didn’t have time, that’s why they have to rest three or four weeks,” he said.
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