City were unfortunate last weekend not to win the FA Community Shield. City manager Pep Guardiola and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta both fielded two relatively strong sides in the match. The Gunners had the better of the chances during the first half of the game, but it was the Sky Blues who opened the score.
Cole Palmer collected a ball at the top of the box from a De Bruyne header, and the young midfielder fired the ball into the top left-hand corner. It appeared that City would coast into a narrow 1-0 victory, but in the eleventh minute of stoppage time, Leandro Trossard fired the ball home after a wicked deflection. Arsenal then went on to win the match 4-1 on penalties.
Manchester City will compete in the UEFA Super Cup
The Sky Blues will look to bounce back from this match as they switch focus to the English Premier League. City will kick off the 2023/24 season this Friday, 11 August as they travel to Burnley for the opening day of the season.
They will be greeted by a familiar face as former City skipper Vincent Kompany now manages Burnley. The Belgian set records with the Clarets last season in the Championship, and he will aim to have a strong season in the EPL this season.
City will then move on to Athens, Greece on 16 August, where they will compete in their first UEFA Super Cup. The current UEFA Champions League winners will face Sevilla, the Spanish club that recently won the UEFA Europa League. It will be City’s first test for silverware this season, and Guardiola and his men will hope that they can continue their streak of making history at the club.
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The Skye Blues will then conclude the month of August with two EPL matches against Newcastle United on 19 August and Sheffield United on 27 August. The Magpies finished in third in last season’s EPL and they will be looking forward to Champions League football. Meanwhile, the Blades return to the EPL after a brief hiatus.
Overall, City will have an exciting start to the 2023/24 season. How will they fare in August? How will Sky Blues perform throughout the course of the 2023/24 season?