Manchester City have moved to add another friendly into their pre season schedule..
The Blues had planned a trip to Troyes at the end of this week, both for Pep Guardiola’s players to get some minutes in their legs and to link up with their sister club in person for the first time. When UK government travel restrictions kiboshed that fixture, City indicated that they would not arrange any game in its place.
However, the club have now confirmed a game with Championship side Barnsley confirmed at the City Football Academy for Saturday at 6pm. It will be the second pre-season fixture after a home game with Preston on Tuesday night, and will take place exactly seven days before City return to Wembley to take on Leicester in the Community Shield. The match will again be behind closed doors, with supporters unable to attend.
Guardiola will hope to use the fixture to get some more match rhythm into his returning first team stars and to give academy prospects another opportunity to impress having been forced to miss a week of training after a Covid-19 outbreak within the academy.
City will continue to train at the CFA over the next three weeks, but there are still plans for a friendly in Barcelona next month at the Nou Camp after the Premier League campaign has commenced providing there are no further travel restrictions in place.