Pep Guardiola will take his Manchester City squad away for a four-day training camp in Barcelona on August 13th. The club commence their Premier League campaign against newly promoted Brighton before embarking to the Catalonian capital.
The former Barcelona boss will return to his home city with his team before taking on newly promoted FC Girona in a friendly. City have been questioned for their decision to fly to Spain just hours after they take on Brighton in their Premier League season opener.
Club officials have defended the criticism by stating the camp will allow Pep Guardiola the opportunity to work with some players who missed pre-season or were late to report for the club’s U.S. tour.
Speaking to City’s official website, Txiki Begiristain had this to say on the announcement. “This trip is a great opportunity for Pep to work with his full squad in an intensive training camp.
“We have had some players away on international duty this summer, which means Pep hasn’t had the chance to work for long with the whole squad.
“The game itself promises to be a fantastic spectacle, as Girona finalise their own preparations for their debut campaign in LaLiga.”
The friendly against FC Girona will see the newly promoted Spanish side prepare for their upcoming La Liga campaign and allow many City loanees their chance to impress Guardiola first-hand. Pablo Maffeo, new signing Douglas Luiz, and other youngsters are expected to complete moves to the Catalonian side.