Manchester City plays Leicester City in the Community Shield on Saturday and looks to start the season strong. Both sides will be looking to get off to a quick start to the season and have invested in their sides this transfer window.
Especially, with how last season ended with a Champions League final loss to Chelsea. With a baffling decision by Pep Guardiola on his starting 11. Meanwhile, Leicester City just needs to avoid injuries that plagued them the last two seasons.
Both Sides Look to Start Season Strong
Both Sides Want to Get Off to Quick Start to the Season
Winning the Premier League will not be as easy with Manchester United getting Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Without a doubt, Liverpool will be healthy after being decimated by injuries. It should be noted it seems Chelsea is Manchester City’s number, beating them three times last season.
Lately, Manchester City has gotten off to a slow start. It did not matter last season but the previous season it helped Liverpool win the league comfortably. Manchester City needs to redeem themselves after a 5-2 loss to Leicester City early last season. By far their worst performance last season. It should be interesting to see who starts in this game. It has been rumoured Guardiola could play several young players. This would not be the best approach instead play your best team.
Manchester City Sign Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish joined Manchester City for 100 million pounds. He needs to start because Leicester City is a contender to make the Champions League. It will be a test to see how Grealish responds to a tough team. Therefore, Bernardo Silva is likely to be on the move with a return to Spain on the cards. Additionally, Raheem Sterling could be sold to free up more money as Sterling wants to play regularly. Guardiola hopes Grealish is the answer to win the Champions League. The one tournament Manchester City has never won.
Leicester City’s Durability In Attempts to Start Season Stronger
Leicester City has missed out on Champions League football the last two seasons primarily because of injuries. It should be noted they missed out on a Champions League with a loss on the final matchday the last two seasons. A fully healthy Leicester City team is dangerous. Proof of this beating Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea. Two players who need to stay healthy are James Maddison and Jamie Vardy. For instance, Maddison being a midfielder sets up his teammates better and takes the pressure off Vardy. Kelechi Iheanacho had a breakout year last season with 12 goals in 25 Premier League games. If he continues that pace a 20 goal season is possible.
With Kasper Schmeichel in the net Leicester City always has a chance. Arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and top five in the world. A similarity both clubs have are great owners. Illustrated by Khun Srivaddhanaprabha running on the pitch to celebrate with his team after their FA Cup win over Chelsea. Proof that he genuinely cares about his team. As for Manchester City he has used his money to build homes for the Manchester area. It’s a rarity to see generous owners like when you see clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool caring only about the money.
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