Manchester City’s Pre-Season Tour Kick-Off: Club’s Plans for 2023/24 Season Revealed with Announcement of First Opponent
Manchester City, the Premier League champions, are reportedly planning their first opponents for the 2023/24 pre-season tour this summer.
Pep Guardiola and his players are expected to travel to Asia this summer as they finalize plans and preparations for the new season, with the trip also serving as a showcase for new signings in the coming months.
Manchester City officials are still hard at work strengthening and refreshing Guardiola’s first-team playing squad, with a number of key positions targeted in the weeks and months leading up to the summer transfer window opening.
Simultaneously, officials elsewhere in Manchester City’s offices are finalizing their plans for the upcoming 2023/24 pre-season tour – the final chance to plot out a master plan to secure more success this season.
City are expected to travel to Asia this summer, with potential pre-season friendlies against familiar opponents, new faces, and other clubs in the City Football Group portfolio planned for Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.
According to Nikkan Sports, Manchester City are planning a friendly match against Yokohama FMarinos, one of Japan’s most successful teams that is part-owned by the City Football Group along with Nissan.
Along with Premier League champions City, it is also reported that Scottish giants Celtic are planning a similar move, with a pre-season friendly against the J1 outfit this summer.
In an additional update on the pre-season tour, Jack Gaughan suggests that City hope to’show some new faces’ in July – a trip that will be described as the’most commercially successful in the club’s history’ once signed.
Manchester City, on the other hand, will remain firmly focused on the season at hand, as they continue to compete in three different competitions, with the Premier League likely to be their primary focus in the near future.
City will face stiff competition from Arsenal for the Premier League title this season, with Mikel Arteta’s side leading by eight points, despite the reigning Champions having a game in hand and the two sides set to meet later this month.
Manchester City will play Southampton in the Premier League next week before facing Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie.