Man City lead 4 Premier League teams to pre-season Asia Trophy event in China

Manchester City have agreed to take part in this summer’s Asia Premier League trophy as they look to expand their international appeal.

The biennial tournament is being held in Shanghai this year, and comes at a time when reigning champions City have recently purchased a Chinese club, Sichuan Jiuniu.

They will compete in July against Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle for a trophy currently held by their title-race Liverpool, who won it in Hong Kong two years ago.

It will help ensure that Pep Guardiola’s side enter next season with a competitive edge.


Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola watches players during training.
City are going back to China, after an eventful pre-season trip there in 2016

Their presence is also a huge coup for the organisers and will ensure big attendances in China where the game has gone from strength to strength.

First held in 2003 in Kualu Lumpur in the Premier League’s attempt to grow the game in the Far East, the inaugural Asia Trophy was won by Chelsea.

The Blues have competed in it twice, before, coming third in the Thailand-staged ’05 version won by Bolton and lifting the trophy six years ago in Hong Kong. Portsmouth, Tottenham and Chelsea have also taken top spot

The organisers are confident of another successful tournament especially after City’s agreement to take part.


One of City, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle will succeed Liverpool as Asia Trophy winners

Guardiola’s men were in China for pre-season three years ago, recording a penalty shoot-out victory over Borussia Dortmund in Shenzhen following a 1-1 draw in normal time.

But that turned out to be the only match they played out there as a Manchester derby against United at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing that was home to the 2008 Olympics got scrapped at the 11th hour because of concerns over the state of the pitch.

The past two summers have seen City prepare for the Premier League season with training and friendlies in the USA as part of the globe-trotting International Champions Cup.

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