Leicester v Manchester City: Community Shield – Live! | Soccer
Early team news about Leicester. They will be without the injured quartet of Timothy Castagne, James Justin, Papy Mendy and Jonny Evans, while Wesley Fofana fractured his fibula in this week’s preseason friendly against Villarreal. There seems to be some question as to who plays central defense with Fofana out, the favorite being Daniel Amartey. Cue Brendan.
The guys who haven’t been involved over the course of the preseason, like Papy, Jonny, and James Justin. James Justin is doing very well but of course there are still a few months to go.
Timothy Castagne trained for the first time with the squad, which is great news for us. He is physically ready and in a good place, but he had his mask today and he trained with the team, but he will not be available for the game. Hopefully with confidence in training you won’t be too far away.
Some of the first team news from Guardiola’s press conference on Friday. Don’t expect to see Jack Grealish play for long, his big presentation is on Monday. Neither does Phil Foden. How England missed him in that agonizing overtime of the Euro Cup final.
You are not ready to start. He spent a week training alone but he will travel with us to settle in the team and with meetings. It will be in the bank. Later, we will see what happens, but at the beginning? No way. Phil Foden will remain out for a while, had a severe injury for the national team and could not play the [Euro] Final.
We have to be careful because we have to anticipate that it could be longer. And kevin [De Bruyne] it’s still out too. I think he will come back a little faster than Phil apparently, but they will both be out for a while.
Will today be a declaration of intent from the champions? Pep likes to refer to the Community Shield as a “title”: the Spanish Super Cup is something important.
It is not only Manchester City who signs playersLeicester has one of the best recruiting policies in the game, and a lot is expected of Patson Daka.
Here we are again for the traditional curtain-raiser, the old Charity Shield, a game that is good to win but not so bad to lose, as long as you don’t lose * too * badly (think Newcastle in 1996).
And there is a different team involved than the usual group of the big six. Welcome Leicester City, although of course they also played in the 2016 match, losing 2-1 to Manchester United. And anyway, isn’t Leicester a ‘big six’ team now, thanks to Brendan Rodgers, someone who loves a great occasion and will have great words to suit it? Leicester’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup seems like a long time ago, but it was a day that lifted football out of the pandemic gloom, a brilliant match played in front of a small but fervent crowd.
So Manchester City, league champion. Probably the best club team in world football, and now with the addition of Jack Grealish, and with the addition of Harry Kane soon, too, hopefully, certainly Charlie Kane. Losing the Champions League final to Chelsea hurt a lot, hence the retail therapy. Go back a season of the intensity of Pep Guardiola, with wild eyes, fluid football, the blow almost as expensive as the players. It all starts at Wembley, and with a large number of fans, although hopefully they will perform a little better than the last mob that was in our national stadium.
With sincere apologies to the EFL and the FA Cup preliminaries today, club football is back. And it’s all for