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Also this year the International Champions Cup (ICC) will be held again during the summer break of the major football leagues. Since 2013, European top teams in America, Europe and Asia have come together in this international football tournament series. The winner is the team, which after three games has the best point yield and goal difference. Barcelona won the trophy in 2017. This year take two German teams (Bayern, BVB), six Premier League teams (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Tottenham), two Ligue 1 teams (PSG, Lyon), four Serie A representatives (Inter, Juve, Milan, Roma), three La Liga teams (Barca, Real, Atletico) and with Benfica also a Portuguese club in the tournament. In the first game of the 2018 Champions Cup, the battle between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund will take place at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Friday night.
Two years ago, both teams also met at the ICC. At that time, the game ended in Shenzhen in Shenzhen after the regular season 1-1. In the end, the Citizens could win the game on penalties. In competitive games, the black and yellow are still without defeat against City. Both teams met in the 2012/13 Champions League season. In Manchester, there was a 1-1, while Dortmund won at home 1-0. Last season, BVB won their opening match in the International Champions Cup 3-1 against AC Milan. How do Borussia beat the English champions? For the match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, the betting base will present a tip with bonus odds.
After a title-less first season under coach Pep Guardiola, there was the first title for Manchester City under the Spanish coach in the last season. The Citizens dominated the Premier League and secured with five games to go before the end of the season with a lead of 16 points the championship. With 100 points, the team also set a new league point record. City also won the League Cup. Only in the Champions League it did not go as desired. In the quarterfinals, Manchester lost to Liverpool. At the celebrations at the end of the season Pep promised the fans an even stronger next season. For the new season, the Citizens have been reinforced with Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City. Yaya Touré, however, left the club. The new Premier League season starts for the champions on the weekend of 11 and 12 August with an away game at Arsenal.
Prior to that, the Community Shield Final against Chelsea FC will rise on the 5th of August. A large part of the professional squad of City is currently still on vacation after the World Cup in Russia. Thus, the Premier League champions missing players such as Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Ederson, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph. City’s most prominent names in the ICC squad are Chilean national keeper Claudio Bravo, returnee Joe Hart, center-back Aymeric Laporte, new arrival Riyad Mahrez and Portuguese Bernardo Silva. Also the German national player Leroy Sané makes the US trip with. The last defeat conceded the Citizens in April in the 1: 2 home defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League.
On 7th July the era Lucien Favre started in Dortmund. After a very volatile last season, the Swiss coach will lead the Black and Yellow again to more consistency. In the last 14 months, BVB ahead of Favre with Thomas Tuchel, Peter Bosz and Peter Stöger had three different coaches. The club must and wants to continue to create the Champions League qualification. Other goals for the new era have not yet been issued. In the past season Dortmund was only able to move into the premier class on the final day of the game thanks to a goal difference that was three goals clearer over Leverkusen. The club management brings terms such as “readjustment”, “upheaval” or “restart” in connection with the new season. Values such as mentality or discipline should become more in focus again. New players were Thomas Delaney, Marius Wolf, Achraf Hakimi and Abdou Diallo.
BVB are still looking for a new striker, still replacing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. For nine days BVB will tour the USA. After the game against the Elf of Pep Guardiola Dortmund meet Liverpool (22 July) and the Portuguese record champions Benfica Lisbon (26 July). In training, the new coach Lucien Favre will continue to work on such important things as accuracy of fit and sharpness, agility and speed. The Borussia are missing players like Julian Weigl, Shinji Kagawa, Thomas Delaney, Roman Bürki, Manuel Akanji and Raphael Guerreiro. Achraf Hakimi, Marco Reus and Lukasz Piszczek, on the other hand, could be used against City. The squad will also be completed with seven players from their own U23. Newly-married Sebastian Kehl, the new head of the licensing team, is allowed to skip the US trip. BVB won the first of seven friendly matches 1-0 at FK Austria Wien. The goal was scored by young Swede Alexander Isak. Favre let the BVB play in the 4-4-2 system with high-standing full-backs in the development game.
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