Pep Guardiola has put his players through their paces in Manchester City’s pre season tour of Asia where they played a total of four matches. They got three wins and one penalty loss to Wolves on their tour.
We got to see a mixture of youth and experience in the line-ups selected by Pep Guardiola, with many of the players busy with international commitments as the Copa America and African Cup Of Nations were due this summer.
The youth players played with confidence and composure as they combined well with some of the established members. Taylor Harwood-Bellis in particular impressed at centre-back aged just 17 confidently playing out from the back.
We also got our first looks of new signings Rodri and Angelino. Rodri looked right in place with him breaking up opposition attacks and recycling possession. Angelino struggled a little in defense but that’s what pre season is for.
In the last two matches we got a greater idea of how the team would look in the coming matches. With a match coming against Liverpool in the FA community shield we would try to get into Pep’s Mind and predict his line up (Impossible task!).
With him missing pre-season it is imperative he is given playing time as soon as possible.
RB: Kyle Walker
He is still the number one choice at right-back despite the competition from Danilo.
CB: John Stones
The obvious choice at centre-back with Vincent Kompany leaving the club and he’ll want to establish himself as the number one choice.
CB: Nicolas Otamendi
With Aymeric Laporte a doubt for the matches against Liverpool and West Ham it is highly unlikely that Pep will risk playing a youngster in this position as Otamendi needs some minutes under his belt.
LB: Oleksander Zinchenko
With Benjamin Mendy out with injury Zinchenko has established himself as his more than able deputy.
Record signing Rodri will be tasked with silencing the heavy metal football played by Liverpool.
CM: David Silva
David Silva has played all the matches in pre-season and is near certain to start. It is likely he would be made club captain in his last season at the club.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne
Hopefully with his injuries of last season behind him we would finally get to witness the artistry of Kevin De Bruyne once again.
RW: Bernardo Silva
One of the best players of last season and hopefully he can carry on his form.
ST: Raheem Sterling
With Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero just returning to training, it is important for Sterling to step up in this position.
LW: Leroy Sane
I have taken a gamble here with Sane’s future uncertain but hopefully his future can be sorted out as soon as possible.