The whole England is waiting for the debut of the most expensive reinforcement in the Premier League and the seventh most expensive player in the history of football, Jack Grealish. His Manchester City will play for the Community Shield trophy against the FA Cup winner, Leicester, on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.
It will be an opportunity for Grealish to win the first trophy in his career. Objectively speaking, there is little chance that Pep Guardiola will put his 117,500,000 euros expensive reinforcement in the starting lineup. Grealish did his first training only on Friday until a few days ago he was at sea and the question is how many minutes of football he currently has in his legs.
However, Guardiola is aware of what the fans expect from him. The Community Shield itself is not as important to the supporters of the Citizens as it is to see the precious representative of England in a sky-blue jersey, so according to the announcements from Manchester, Grealish will be on the bench and will almost certainly play in the second half.
It is more than strange that the 25-year-old midfielder was paid the most of all players ever in the Premier League, without ever winning a single trophy and without even playing a single international match. He finds an excuse for that in the fact that he has spent his entire career so far in a modest Aston Villa, but there is no excuse anymore.
Grealish must win trophies. The duel with Leicester will therefore be an ideal opportunity to see him for the first time in a club game he is playing under pressure. The previous time, in March last year, he lost to Aston Villa in the League Cup final against City.
Guardiola wants a trophy
Guardiola will try to bring the Seventh Community Shield to the Citizens. However, the question is in which squad he will play against Foxes. In addition to the newcomer Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Laporte, and Torres also did not play a single minute during the preparations.
All of them received an extended vacation due to their participation in the European Championship. City have played only three friendly matches since the Champions League final and the duel with Chelsea, all against the English lower leagues.
Last Tuesday, they defeated Blackpool with 4: 1, and only Gundogan, Mahrez, Fernandinho, Mendy, and Cancelo played in that match from the first team. This is only Leicester's third participation in the English Super Cup.
In 1971, they defeated Liverpool with 1: 0, and in 2016, they lost to Manchester United with 2: 1. Now they will fight against City only for the second time directly for the trophy, previously they met only in 1969 in the FA Cup final, when the Citizens celebrated with 1: 0.
Manchester City have triumphed in four of the last five clashes with Leicester. That one defeat they suffered from the Foxes last September was the most convincing of the season. Leicester celebrated at the Etihad with 5: 2, and the hero of the match was Jamie Vardy, who scored three goals.