Premier League schedule causing trouble to City’s pre-season plans

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Manchester City will be heading into the next season as Premier League champions for the fourth consecutive time. They will look to continue their success in the 2024/25 season too after ending this season on a disappointing note after losing to their Manchester rivals in FA Cup final. The Premier League schedule for 2024/25 season has recently been released. However this schedule may hamper City’s pre-season plans.

The sky blues won their fourth consecutive Premier League title after defeating West Ham 3-1 on the final matchday. Phil Foden’s brace and Rodri’s super strike were enough to kill Arsenal’s hopes and bring the title back to Etihad. However it was not long before City faced a disappointing defeat in FA Cup final against United. Pep Guardiola who is set to leave City at the end of 2024/25 season has promised the fans strong comeback and is looking forward to prepare for the next season. The Spaniard will want City to be full prepared from the pre-season games itself.

Why Premier League schedule is causing trouble to City’s pre-season plans

Manchester City will play four pre-season games starting from late July. The matches will be played in United States of America. City will take on Celtic, AC Milan, FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC in North Carolina, New York, Florida and Ohio respectively. However the new premier league schedule may hamper their plans a little bit.

City will take on Chelsea in the opening game of 2024/25 Premier League season on 18th August. Enzo Maresca who was once Guardiola’s assistant will clash with his former club and hope to grab all three points for his new club. As City will face Chelsea on the last game of their pre-season, they will hope to not give away too much of their tactics. Fortunately City will have another match before the start of premier league. They will clash with Manchester United for Community Shield on 10th August.

Manchester City will be involved in new and improved Club World Cup games next season. Along with that, the Cityzens will hope to do better in Champions League and domestic competitions. This season City became the first club to win premier league title for four times in a row. However, City fans may be on their way to face a heartbreak. Pep Guardiola who transformed City completely may be on his way out after the 2024/25 season.

Pep Guardiola to leave City after 2024/25 season

Guardiola is set to leave Manchester City after the 2024/25 season according to Daily Mail. The Spaniard revealed that he is close to leaving than staying. However he has guaranteed that he will be City manager until the next season ends. Currently Guardiola is focused and looking forward at City’s pre-season game plans.

Pep Guardiola took charge of City in 2016 after his successful spells with Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona. Ever since his arrival, the Spaniard transformed City completely with his genius tactics. Guardiola has made City one of the toughest teams in whole Europe. In England its been one way domination for City as they have now won six league titles in past seven years. Guardiola also helped City to win their first ever Champions League title past year.

Guardiola’s current contract with City expires in 2025 and the club wants him to stay longer. However Guardiola has admitted that he is close to leaving than staying. It has also been reported that City have started to think about potential replacements if Guardiola decides to leave. The upcoming season will be extremely deciding for both Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.

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