By | July 21, 2022

Manchester City, the defending Premier League champions, beat Mexican side Club America by 2-1 in their first preseason match in Houston. Erling Haaland, this summer’s star signing, did not make it to the field.

Haaland was due to make his highly anticipated debut at NRG Stadium but was kept off the bench because of “a minor injury complaint,” according the club’s official website. Cameras showed Haaland in a hoodie, seated next to Ruben Dias (who was not part the matchday squad).

While all the focus was on new players, Kevin De Bruyne was the one who scored both Man City goals. The captain of the team pushed up from the attacking midfield position to create his shot on the first goal. He then ran onto Riyad Mahrez’s ball and “megged” the keeper just before halftime.

Former River Plate star Julian Alvarez and goalkeeper Stefan Ortega were the Man City debutants. Kalvin Phillips started at center back, before moving to his preferred central midfield position. Alvarez started at the center forward, but wasn’t able to get any good looks. De Bruyne stole the show with his trademark runs from the midfield.

Haaland could make his debut against former Bundesliga foe Bayern Munich at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 23rd. After the 2-1 victory over Club America, Manager Pep Guardiola said so.

A quote from the club’s official website reads, “Next game he will be ready.” “He had some niggles. We don’t want take chances. We will see what happens against Bayern. We have plenty of time to finish the season, so don’t be discouraged.


What Julian Alvarez did on his debut

Although he didn’t score, assist, or generate a lot of goals for himself, it was a solid debut. First, he proved that he was willing to fight an aggressive Club America team that wasn’t giving up.

Alvarez kept the centre backs busy by bringing his teammates into attack and setting them up to take shots. He also displayed his exceptional passing skills. The debutant, Kevin De Bruyne, showed that he is back to being a threat in midfield.

Despite the lack of quality in the field and the intense game, it was a positive match. He demonstrated that he could be a part of this team in 2022/23, depending on the match.

After 70 minutes, Julian Alvarez was dismissed. Fantastic performance from him today really showed his other abilities and can’t wait to see more pic.

Phillips and Ortega solid in Man City bows

Alvarez was not the only debutant. The other rookies were solid, but unspectacular. They filled specific roles and did their jobs. They’ll only be expected to do that for the remainder of the season.

Ortega was the confident, at-home ‘keeper who answered all the Club America tests during the 90 minute period. Ortega had the personality of a goalkeeper and was not intimidated by the challenge. It’s not surprising that he is 29 and has years of Bundesliga experience. He even touched on the goal for America alone.

We were also able to see the versatility Kalvin Phillips might be expected to show during 2022/23. He was reliable in all positions he has played. He was an emergency centre back in Leeds, and he played the second half. Then he moved to midfield when the subs came in. He demonstrated that he is willing to contribute.

Same old De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne proved why he is City’s captain despite all the excitement surrounding the new players. He is as opportunistic and as pragmatic as any midfielder, sensing the opportunity to push up and often making it count.


These instincts made De Bruyne, the Premier League’s highest-scoring midfielder in 2021/22, and his 15 goals were not aided by a penalty. Club America was his latest victi



Manchester City vs. Club America live update, highlights from friendly

Final: Manchester City 2, Club America 1.

Fulltime After Jack Grealish & Kevin De Bruyne were subbed in the second half, there was little else that happened. The match was a showcase for academy players from both sides but no one could make a difference.

Final result: Although it was a close match, Man City’s superior quality prevailed in the end. De Bruyne and Grealish are just a few of the top players in the world.

90th min. Miguel Layun rushes in to the attack and attempts to score the Man City goal. This match will be decided by Club America. There are two minutes of extra time.


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