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Pre-match Report: Leicester City

Pre-season is almost over but we have got time for one more game: the Community Shield. It's the season curtain raiser and a game that Pep and his Manchester City side will want to win to begin the new campaign with a trophy.


Wembley awaits again for City and standing in their way in the country's capital is Leicester City who beat Chelsea to win their first ever FA Cup.


The stadium is said to be close to full capacity as the Covid-19 restrictions continue to be lifted. It will be the first time City have played in front of fans so far this campaign.

City fans pack out Wembley in their Carabao Cup Final win over Arsenal in 2018. (Image Credit: PA)


Guardiola has already said that City fans should expect to see the under 23 side as a number of first team stars continue their rehab and regaining their match fitness following a summer break.


That being said, a number of the City youngsters might argue that they deserve their place on the Wembley pitch Saturday after a stellar pre-season.


One of these is perhaps Samuel Edozie. The 18-year-old has been a bright spark in lineups boasting the likes of Ruben Dias and Benjamin Mendy, scoring in each of the friendly games played this pre-season.


New signing Jack Grealish put pen-to-paper Thursday which means that he was registered in time to be in the squad for the game at Wembley.


Guardiola confirmed in a press conference Friday, whilst marveling over the Englishman's talents, that the former Villa man is only fit enough for the bench however, so City fans might have to wait a little longer to see their new man.

New signing Jack Grealish signs his Manchester City contract as he moves to the Etihad for £100m in a British record deal. (Image Credit: Manchester City)


The Catalan also confirmed that a number of City players are wanting to leave the club.

"Not just Bernardo, there are two or three others who want to leave but they are our player and under contract" said Guardiola.


Having completed the signing of Grealish, attentions now turn to where City will go next. Harry Kane has been linked with a move to the Etihad, but after a stunning revelation Thursday night that Lionel Messi will no longer play for Barcelona, City have some thinking to do.


Pep was also asked about Kane and Messi at his pre-match press conference, and had this to say on the two players.


"Harry Kane is an exceptional, extraordinary striker, no doubts. We are interested but he is a Tottenham player. If they don't want to sell they don't, if they want we can try.


"We spent 40 million on Jack Grealish. £100m we paid and £60m we won [from transfers]. And he will wear the number 10. We were convinced by Grealish and convinced Leo would stay at Barca. Right now, he is not in our thoughts."


The game is live on City+ and ITV and kicks off at 5:15 PM.


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