Pep Guardiola was already worried about some of the tough tackles that they were about to face in this preseason match. Pep Guardiola admitted he was worried about some of the strong tackles in Manchester City’s first game of preseason, a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup.
City boss Pep Guardiola is still awaiting the return of many of his first-team players after extended runs at the World Cup but his young team – as well as summer signing Riyad Mahrez – competed well at Soldier Field.
The Premier League champions started the better of the two sides with England Under-21 international Jack Harrison making an impression in the final third but at the other end, City were indebted to Michael Bolton making a timely block to prevent a Dortmund opener.
There was a healthy crowd of 34,629 inside Soldier Field and although a young City side held their own early on, Dortmund created the better chances with Gotze pulling the strings together with Pulisic. Mahrez was City’s best player, a decent run and cross midway through the first half showcased his attacking threat.
But on 28 minutes, the Germans were ahead. Alex Zinchenko, who is set to leave the club before the start of the English domestic season, brought down the lively Pulisic in the box and Gotze beat Bravo from the spot before Alexander Isak almost made it two soon after.
Former Etihad starlet Jadon Sancho, who quit the Premier League club for Dortmund last August following a fall-out with Guardiola, was introduced in the second half and began promisingly. Joe Hart, the former England keeper, was making his first City appearance since August 2016 but it was opposite number Hitz who was almost beaten on 55 minutes when another Mahrez set-piece flew just past the post.
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