City arrive in China ready for Man-U showdown

July 23, 2016

 Vincent Kompany leads the Manchester City squad through the airport as they prepare to experience Beijing

Vincent Kompany leads the Man-City squad through the airport as they prepare to experience Beijing

Manchester City have landed in China ahead of their pre-season tour, where they will be facing fierce rivals Manchester United in Beijing on Monday.

The likes of Vincent Kompany, Jesus Navas, Aleksandar Kolarov and Wilfried Bony were pictured from the first team, alongside youngsters Tosin Adarabioyo, Aleix Garcia and James Horsfield.

Pep Guardiola also strolled through airport in typically relaxed fashion, as he prepares to face Jose Mourinho for the first time in four years with the early bragging rights of Manchester at stake.

 Pep Guardiola looked in good spirits as he looks to draw first blood on his reignited rivalry with Jose Mourinho

Guardiola looked in good spirits as he looks to draw first blood on his reignited rivalry with Mourinho

MANCHESTER CITY’S FRIENDLIES 

July 25: vs Manchester United (Beijing)

July 28: vs Borussia Dortmund (Shenzhen)

August 7: vs Arsenal (Gothenburg)

Manchester City also face Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund on July 28 in Shenzhen, as they look to test themselves against some of Europe’s best ahead of next season. 

While most members of the first team squad are present in China, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Nolito will fly out at a later date and begin their own pre-season preparations on tour after they were afford extended leave following their international commitments. 

18-year-old Tosin Adarabioyo is highly rated at City and will be given a chance to impress Guardiola on tour

18-year-old Tosin Adarabioyo is highly rated at City and will be given a chance to impress Guardiola 

Aleix Garcia has also been included in the 34-man squad and  will hope to feature against Manchester United

Aleix Garcia has also been included in the 34-man squad and will hope to feature against United

James Horsfield - who has been at the club since 2002 - will also be looking to make his mark on City in China

James Horsfield – who has been at the club since 2002 – will also be looking to make his mark 

MANCHESTER DERBY IN DOUBT 

The Manchester derby set to be played in Beijing on Monday could be called off with severe thunderstorms forecast to hit China.

A United spokesman said: ‘The organisers are working very hard to get the game to go ahead.’ United’s first match against City outside of England is set to be held at the Bird’s Nest Stadium. 

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has given his thoughts on Mourinho vs Guardiola, and having worked under both managers, is excited about what will unfold next season.  

‘On the football side, they have different approaches and style. What you get with both is huge charisma and leadership.

‘It is going to be very exciting to watch them, especially in the same city now. It is a challenge for both to be against each other. 

‘I am definitely going to be watching it from here and keeping my eye on what is happening. 

Xabi Alonso worked under Mourinho for three years at Real Madrid - winning four trophies in the process

Xabi Alonso worked under Mourinho for three years at Real Madrid – winning four trophies

MANCHESTER CITY: OFFICIAL 34-MAN SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Willy Caballero, Angus Gunn, Billy O’Brien

Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta, Pablo Maffeo, Jason Denayer, Cameron Humphries, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Tosin Adarabioyo, Angelino, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy

Midfielders: Fernando, Aleix Garcia, Fernandinho, Fabian Delph, Yaya Toure, Bruno Zuculini, Bersant Celina, James Horsfield, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Manu Garcia, Sinan Bytyqi

Forwards: Brandon Barker, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Raheem Sterling, Nolito, Jesus Navas, Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho, Sergio Aguero

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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