Everything is ready for the Manchester City of Pep Guardiola start your way to the second consecutive title defense in the premier league. After conquering the championship in 2021 and 2022, the citizens debut in the competition with a visit to West Ham by David Moses.
Unlike previous years, and after a turbulent transfer market, the Spanish coach will this time a renewed forehead in which the Norwegian will stand out Erling Haaland and where the old River Plate will surely see minutes Julian Alvarezwho had a more than satisfactory pre-season.
The 22-year-old took part in the team’s tour and debuted with a win over America of Mexico at the NRG Stadium in Houston (USA) by 2-1. However, his goal was to take part in the first official match of the season.
Against Liverpool for the Community Shield final, the spider converted his first goal with the jersey Sky blue. at 70 minutes gave him a draw (1-1) after a game that had to be checked by the VAR, but finally Guardiola’s men ended up falling 3-1.
“With Julián we were not mistaken, we knew he was a fantastic boy and we checked it. He is a team player and has a goal. He is an extraordinary signing, he will stay and will be there for many years,” said the Catalan coach after the end of this match.
Now, ahead of what could be his Premier League debut, the former Barcelona manager has once again been consulted by the Argentine: “We always help new players (adapting). No matter what vibe they have, relationships are the most important thing.
Later, he also referred to Haaland and took the pressure off him: “I don’t know how many goals he will score and I don’t care. We are not going to win for Erling or lose for ErlingWe have to be ourselves.”
At the Olympic Stadium in London, City will begin their title defense against West Ham, who last season ranked 7th with 56 points and figures of 60 points for and 51 against. Manchester City, meanwhile, were crowned tournament champions last season with 93 dots and a record of 99 goals for him and 26 against.
There have been other home clashes at West Ham before and the results are 10 losses and 8 draws. In turn, the home side have a three game unbeaten streak at home to Manchester City. The Last match in this tournament between West Ham and Man City it was played in May 2022 and It ended in a draw (2-2).
West Ham: Lukasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson, Ben Johnson, Declan Rice; Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, Arthur Masuaku; Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahm
Manchester City: Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Nathan Aké, João Cancelo; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish.
HOUR: 3:30 p.m. GMT (12:30 p.m. ARG-URU / 11:30 a.m. CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL / 10:30 a.m. COL-PER-ECU-MEX)
STADIUM: London Olympics