Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund: International Champions Cup – Probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog!
The Lucien Favre era at Borussia Dortmund will get into full-swing on Friday, with Christian Pulisic and Co. keen to impress against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the International Champions Cup in Chicago on Friday (kick-off: 8:05pm CT/3:05am+1 CEST/2:05am+1 BST).
Favre picked up the BVB reins in May, with last Friday’s 1-0 win over Austria Vienna the Swiss tactician’s first game in charge. Swedish teenager Alexander Isak scored the only goal at the Generali Arena in the Austrian capital, and could lead the line again, although Maximilian Philipp, Mario Götze and Andre Schürrle are among the more experienced players to have made the journey to the USA. Marco Reus is set to join up with the squad in Chicago ahead of this game despite his FIFA World Cup participation, while new midfielder Thomas Delaney is still on holiday.
Manchester City won the English Premier League last term and former Bayern Munich coach Guardiola has named a strong squad for their test against Dortmund, Schalke-hewn prodigy Leroy Sane among them. Ilkay Gündogan, who turned out for Dortmund for five years between 2011 and 2016, has, like Reus, been given time to recover after returning from Russia.
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Man City: Bravo, Hart, Laporte, Sane, B. Silva, Mendy, Adarabioyo, Mahrez, Roberts, Denayer, Grimshaw, Zinchenko, Luiz, Harrison, Nmecha, Foden, Muric, Garcia, Touaizi, Diaz, Pozo, Dele-Bashiru, Garre, Bolton, Humphreys, Matondo, Wilson, Ogbeta
Absentees: Ederson, Stones, Otamendi, Kompany, Walker, Fernandinho, Gündogan, Delph, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus (all on holiday), Mangala (knee), Danilo (ankle)
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Dortmund: Zagadou, Diallo, Sancho, Sahin, Götze, Reus, Isak, Toljan, Wolf, Rode, Dahoud, Philipp, Schürrle, Pulisic, Gomez, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Burnic, Bruun Larsen, Hitz, Toprak, Oelschlägel, Hakimi, Bochdorn, Pieper, Boadu, Hupe, Dieckmann, Sechelmann
Absentees: Weigl (groin), Guerreiro, Kagawa, Delaney, Bürki, Akanji (all on holiday)
Coach: Lucien Favre
- Pulisic, 19, holds multiple records, including being the youngest foreign-born goalscorer in Bundesliga history and the youngest player to have tallied for the USA in a World Cup qualifier.
- Jadon Sancho scored 12 goals in 14 U18 Premier League games for Man City before making the move to the Signal Iduna Park last August.
- Die Schwarzgelben have never been beaten by Man City. The teams met home and away in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League, drawing 1-1 in Manchester before BVB won 1-0 in Dortmund.
- Gündogan spent five years at Dortmund – winning the Bundesliga and DFB Cup double in 2012 – before leaving for the City of Manchester Stadium in the summer of 2016.
- Favre’s first game in charge of BVB was a 1-0 win over Austria Vienna last Friday, with Isak scoring the winner.
- As well as Pulisic, Sancho and Isak, Dortmund’s first-team squad boasts a further four teenagers, making it among the youngest first teams in the Bundesliga.