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The Guardian: City youngsters impress

A hardly recognisable City came out of the International Champions Cup clash against Liverpool with plenty of credit.

The Blues, fielding several teenagers, were edged out 2-1, but more than held their own for large portions of the game.

The Guardian report: “In the circumstances City’s youngsters acquitted themselves well, playing the sharper and more threatening football in the first half despite Liverpool enjoying more possession.

“Lukas Nmecha, the Hamburg-born England Under-19 international, caused frequent problems for Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk in the centre of Liverpool’s defence with intelligent movement and strong hold-up play.

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“Oleksandr Zinchenko settled comfortably into a holding midfield role and Brahim Diaz also impressed behind Nmecha. It was Mahrez who dictated the rhythm of the City performance, however, effortlessly controlling proceedings in a more central midfield position than he usually had at Leicester City.

“Mahrez created the first opening of the night with a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Nmecha. The 19-year-old’s low shot was parried by Loris Karius and, under pressure from Fabinho, he skied the rebound wastefully over an open goal.



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“The striker appealed in vain for a penalty, as did Luke Bolton when he was caught by Andy Robertson inside the area but stayed on his feet before falling once the ball had rolled out for a goal-kick.”

Meanwhile, the Blues announced the second signing of the summer yesterday evening, as the Mirror report: “Manchester City have confirmed the signing highly-rated French midfielder Claudio Gomes from Paris Saint-Germain.

“The Blues have landed the 18-year-old on a free transfer after his contract with the Ligue 1 champions expired.

“Gomes has already begun training with City's first team on their US pre-season tour, but the champions waited until his 18th birthday on Monday before making the deal official.

“Pep Guardiola could not hide his delight at acquiring the player and revealed how he has already left a positive impression.

‘He has been so good, so good,’ Guardiola revealed before then suggesting a loan move is likely.”

David Silva is back in the news again today, with Sky Sports interviewing the City star in Gran Canaria.

The Blues’ No.21 has spoken of his son’s premature birth and how it affected him last season.

‘It's been the hardest time of my life, and because it's my first son I've been suffering a lot,’ he said.

"Thanks to Mateo it's been an inspiration to continue fighting for what's happening in the future.

‘The first two or three months it was a fear of the unknown, because the doctors said to us today's is alright, tomorrow we don't know what is going to happen. So being the first baby, being so small, and so infant, the first few months was very, very bad.

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‘But now he is much, much better, he is all singing and dancing!’

And on City’s bid to retain the title, Silva added: ‘It's going to be very difficult, especially this year with the big teams Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea spending lots of money to get very good players.

‘To win consecutive leagues is going to be very difficult but we're going to try. I'm sure this year we're going to do it.’

Finally, the New York Post interviewed new NYCFC boss Domenec Torrent with his former club City in town.

The Post suggest Torrent will follow a similar blueprint to how City play – and the process has already begun.

It reads; “Wednesday’s Premier League showdown was a glimpse of what Torrent envisions for his new team, as both teams turned up the pressure in the second half Wednesday to give fans an attacking showcase.

“Though NYCFC never will have the transfer budget of their City Football Group siblings, they now have a manager with the ability to deploy his side like some of the world’s best.

‘I think [Torrent] is really good as a coach and I think he’s similar to Pep, does the similar things,’ Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden said before the game.

“Torrent’s time at NYCFC has started smoothly, as he has led the team to a 4-1 record, employing a pressing system similar to his “brother” Guardiola.

‘They are getting better,’ Torrent said at Monday’s practice in Orangeburg, NY. ‘They play, they train with more intensity than my first week here. … For me, it’s very important when we lose the ball to react quickly, and we’re training all the time in that way.’

More gossip and City-related comment tomorrow…

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