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Gallery: City pass final preseason test

Preseason by name, competitive by nature as City win 3-1 against a Yokohama side midway through their J-League campaign.

In terms of final preparations before our truly competitive season starts, the theme of the game may prove to be beneficial in anticipation for the Community Shield next week.

The Japanese side pressed Pep's men high up the pitch, allowing City to showcase our intricate passing in tight spaces. 

With a high press comes a high defensive line, and a City front three of Sterling, Sane and Bernardo benefited from that. 

Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva pulled the strings in midfield, playing eye of the needle passes through to our forwards. 

Bernardo was the first recipient, and after holding the ball up well, returned the favour to De Bruyne who fired home clinically.

After an equaliser from the J-League top scorers, De Bruyne played a delicious outside of the boot pass to Raheem Sterling, who raced clear of the Yokohama defence and calmly finished to restore our lead before the break.

Lukas Nmecha secured the win in stoppage time, linking up with fellow youngster Adrian Bernabe and finishing from close range.

View the best images from the match in our gallery below...