Man City VS Tottenham Match LIVE Football Score 15/08/2021
However, it would be a more familiar name in Riyad Mahrez who drew first blood in the 25th minute of that encounter before 18-year-old attacker Samuel Edozie made sure of the result, coming off the bench at half time to double his side’s tally in a comfortable 2-0 success.
The Citizens were due to travel across the channel to face fellow City Football Group outfit Troyes this weekend, but with the coronavirus pandemic still raging and travel restrictions presenting barriers too difficult to overcome, Guardiola’s side will instead stay at home to continue their preparations.
Saturday’s game technically marks Man City’s final pre-season encounter before their competitive campaign gets underway against Leicester City in the Community Shield, but Guardiola will return to Camp Nou later in August for a charity fixture against Barcelona, who will dearly hope to have Lionel Messi donning the Catalan colours after persistent links with Man City.
The 47-year-old did oversee back-to-back wins over Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday to kick the summer off on a high note, but last Friday’s encounter against Morecambe saw the sides play out a drab goalless stalemate, despite the Tykes’ dominance.
As is the case with their upcoming opponents Man City, Barnsley were instead due to renew hostilities with Watford on Saturday, but that fixture at Vicarage Road was cancelled entirely as Schopp’s crop prepare to test their skills against the best of the best.
City host Barnsley in a quickly-arranged friendly on Saturday in their second and final pre-season game before travelling down to Wembley for the season’s traditional curtain-raiser.
Guardiola has a squad full of players with varying levels of fitness, and will again be without those international players who were involved in the latter stages of Euro 2020 or the Copa America.
Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake will all have a week of training under their belts, while Ilkay Gundogan returned on Wednesday to increase Guardiola’s options in midfield.
The defence against Barnsley is likely to look the same as it did against Preston, with Dias and Ake in the centre flanked by Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy at full-back. With Zack Steffen in goal, Guardiola may look to give those players more than the 45 minutes they got through on Tuesday.