Even though the season has already started, Manchester City played one last preseason match in Catalonia against Girona. City lost 1-0 and played quite poorly for most of the game, but this didn’t really mean a lot given many reserves and young players got to play. The whole point of going to Spain was for a training camp that included this friendy, so this was more of a glorified training session than anything else.
The initial period were perhaps the most boring 45 minutes of football in the history of the universe. City had the ball a lot, but couldn’t do anything dangerous apart from a shot by Raheem Sterling that forced a save out of Gorka Iraizoz. Girona had only two chances: in the first they scored with Portu, and in the second Stuani’s shot was saved by Claudio Bravo.
At halftime, a really dull match had one goal and nothing else. It was clearly a friendly.
The second half was a little less boring than the first, but the only highlight was the amazing performance of City loanee Pablo Maffeo, who kept running through the City defense and creating dangerous chances that came to nothing. City tried to score but couldn’t, and the good news for the Blues was the return of Ilkay Gundogan, who made his return to football after a knee injury.
City will continue to train in Girona until Thursday, and will come back to England to finish preparations for the next Premier League match against Everton.
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Man City: Bravo; Adarabioyo, Stones (Otamendi), Mangala; Touré; Danilo, Bernardo, Foden (Gundogan), Sané; Sterling, Brahim Díaz (G.Jesus)
Girona: Iraizoz; Maffeo, Bernardo, Alcalá (Boulaya), Muniesa, Aday (Marlos M.); Portu (Planas), Pons (A.García), Granell (Ramalho), Borja (Douglas); Stuani
Goal: Portu (14’)
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