The World Cup starts on Thursday and there were mixed fortunes for City players in the final round of warm up games.
Gabriel Jesus entered double figures for his country as he scored Brazil’s first in a 3-0 win against Austria. 21 year old Jesus has only played 16 times for his country and with his goals haul and 4 assist already to his name, he looks like being Brazil’s number nine for many years to come.
It wasn’t quite the same though for Ilkay Gundogan, who was booed by German fans as he came on as a second half substitute in their 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia. The City midfielder was jeered by his own supporters whenever he touched the ball, much to the annoyance of manager Joachim Low.
Gundogan, who was born in Germany but is of Turkish decent, recently met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and referred to him as ‘my president.’
Manager Low said “The fact that a national player is booed like that helps nobody. What should Ilkay do now? He took a picture, OK, but he has addressed it with the press and underlined his support for German values. The topic has to be ticked off.”
Benjamin Mendy started for France in their 1-1 draw with the USA, before being withdrawn in the 66
For England, Fabien Delph completed ninety minutes, while John Stones played 65 minutes of the national side’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica. Vincent Kompany watched Belgium’s 3-0 win over Egypt from the stands, after suffering a groin injury in their first warm up match.
City’s two Silva’s, David and Bernardo could go head to head as Portugal face Spain on Friday, which is City’s first involvement in the tournament. Mendy, Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi could all feature on Saturday, while Danilo, Jesus, Ederson, Fernandinho and Gundogan could all feature on Sunday.