FA Cup champions Leicester City and Premier League champions Manchester City meet at the Community Shield at Wembley on Saturday night.
Leicester secured their first FA Cup trophy last season thanks to a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the final on May 15, while Man City ultimately finished 12 points clear of Manchester United, which occupies second place, at the top of the 2020-21 Premier League. box to regain the Liverpool title.
The 2020-21 campaign will be remembered forever in Leicester history, as the Foxes won the FA Cup for the first time, but the season ended disappointingly in Premier League terms, with a 4-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. on the last day, he saw them drop out of the top four.
Brendan Rodgers’ team finally finished fifth last season, which means they will be playing in the Europa League again this season, rather than the Champions League, which seemed like a great possibility for long periods.
Leicester has now rebooted for the new season and has been involved in four friendlies this summer, losing their first two to Burton Albion and Wycombe Wanderers on July 24 and July 28 respectively before ending last month with a 3 draw. -3 against Queens Park. Rangers.
However, the Foxes ended their preparations for the new season with a 3-2 win over Villarreal on Wednesday, with Caglar Soyuncu, Harvey Barnes, and Ayoze Pérez on the roster.
Rodgers’ team has managed to bring in Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare, and Ryan Bertrand this summer, and more new additions are expected before the transfer window closes.
Manchester City meanwhile are aiming to win the Community Shield for the seventh time, having lifted this particular trophy in 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012, 2018, and 2019.
The Citizens proved too strong for the rest of the competition in last season’s Premier League and will look to make the perfect start to the new campaign when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur for their opener on August 15, with future Harry Kane. still very much in the air.
Pep Guardiola’s team, said to be closing in on a £ 100 million deal for Jack Grealish, have only been involved in three preseason games this summer, opening their preparations on July 27 with a 2-0 win. over Preston North End before putting up four unanswered goals beyond Barnsley last weekend.
Man City then recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool on Tuesday night and will see Saturday’s game as a worthwhile exercise with the new Premier League season just around the corner.
As mentioned, a deal for Grealish is close to being announced, while Kane remains a leading target, and it will be fascinating to see if the Manchester giants manage to sign both players before the window ends.