The Bayern Munich versus Manchester City rivalry is “turning Japanese, turning Japanese, I really think so” (CC The Vapors). For the second straight summer, these two giant clubs will face each other in a friendly on the other side of the world.
This match, in Tokyo, Japan, comes one year and three days after they clashed in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.
Despite the stormy weather and lack of scoring, a good time was had by all in TitleTown, the land of the Cheeseheads.
Club Friendly FYIs
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City
Kickoff: Wed. July 26, 11:30am BST, New Japan National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
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Team News for Both Sides
Belgian midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne continues his recovery from the hamstring tear that he suffered in the Champions League final win over Inter. He’s the only fitness concern here.
Meanwhile Kyle Walker has been linked with a move to the team on the other touchline this summer.
We’ve even seen stories claiming that his agent was “in advanced talks” with Bayern this summer window.
So much for that, as nothing has really happened on this front since.
One player that Bayern did actually sign this summer is Raphael Guerreiro, but the defender has suffered a muscular injury during training, and he is thus ruled out of this clash.
You also have accomplished veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who continues his recovery and convalescence from a broken leg.
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