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Hans gets to know the squad

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City have headed to Belgium for this evening's friendly against Charleroi and Hans Backe has been taking the Blues back to basics.

The Blues assistant manager revealed: “We have been working on the defence just to get the basics right and the foundations in place.

“We have also been training a lot on the attacking game. That is what you are looking for in the pre-season – a solid team where every player knows his role.”

After Charleroi, City only have the trip to Shrewsbury and the Thomas Cook Trophy game against Valencia before the Premier League season starts, so Hans appreciates the time that the squad spent in his homeland.

Hans continues: "It was a great arrangement because there was only about eight to ten days to prepare the training camp. Everything worked well with the hotels, food, good transfers and you couldn’t complain about anything.”

   
 
As for Sven’s return to Sweden, with all the people clamouring to see him, it was like the return of the King.
Backe agreed adding: “It looked like that especially outside the hotel and seeing all the spectators watching us train. I think he’s used to it, but he signed a lot of autographs.

“It was a full house for every training session. So it was a little bit special for sure.”

Match Report

Charleroi v City 28-07-2007

City of Manchester Stadium

Geovanni started his first match for Manchester City in the friendly against Belgian Jupiler League side Charleroi.The Brazilian, who has played as an attacking midfielder and as a striker during his career so far, lined up alongside Rolando Bianchi as Sven-Goran Eriksson assessed his options.

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Match Report

Carlstad United v City 21-07-2007

City of Manchester Stadium

City have beaten Carlstad United 4-0 this afternoon in the second and final game of their week-long trip to Sweden. Sven-Goran Eriksson named a side that saw Joe Hart handed a first chance to impress the new Manager. One player to already do that, Shaleum Logan, continued in the starting XI. Upfront, Eriksson went with the Italian Job frontline, as both Bernardo Corradi and Rolando Bianchi started and added to their goals from Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Örgryte IS.Recent signing Gelson Fernandes was named amongst the substitutes and was joined by Kasper Schmeichel who came on for the second half and saved a Carlstad penalty to keep the first clean sheet of the pre-season. The Blues will return home before heading out to Belgium next weekend to face Charleroi on Saturday.