International Champions Cup: Pep talk to earn City a draw against Real

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will have a point to prove against former club Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup in Los Angeles tonight.

New signing Danilo could also be set to face his former club, with fellow newbie fullbacks Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker also in contention.

Combined with the acquisition of goalkeeper Ederson, Guardiola will be able to feel a sense of assurance going into this fixture against one of the best attacks in the world.

Despite Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo being on his summer break, following participation in the Confederations Cup, the Spanish side could still boast a starting XI featuring talent like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Isco.

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This game is, after all, a friendly one – but when you factor the current circumstances and the desire to assert dominance over the other team in what can surely be billed as a glamour tie, it could come down to who wants it more on the day.

Real undoubtedly would be my pick to win the majority of matches that they play but, on this occasion, I think Pep’s desire to show that he has moved forward could see equal spoils at the end of 90 minutes.

Let’s not forget that Real came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw against City’s local rivals Manchester United last time out – a game that ultimately ended in defeat for Los Blancos after penalties.

Having said that, City’s last match also saw them fall to the Red Devils, with Ederson letting in two goals.

Ultimately, I think a draw is the way to go at 3.65 with

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