Where Man City players will head for October international break
International stars from Manchester City and beyond are expected to fly to various destinations with their respective nations over the coming days.
Ahead of this final break, Pep Guardiola and his all-star team underlined their Premier League title credentials by taking four points from rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.
These eye-catching results were sandwiched between a European defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
As accusations of domestic success and the Champions League take shape, several City players such as Phil Foden and Jack Grealish have been called up for World Cup qualifiers.
However, that is not the only task that awaits Guardiola’s players during this international October break.
Here, we take a closer look at what’s in store for Foden, Grealish, and co.
Inspired by the glory of CAN by City playmaker Riyad Mahrez in 2019, Africans continue to look to the same player for moments of magic in their current World Cup campaign.
A double header against Niger awaits the former Leicester City man.
Indeed, the first of these matches takes place in Blida on Friday evening, with Niger then enjoying a home advantage for the follow-up meeting in Niamey four days later.
Mahrez has scored 22 goals in 66 international appearances for the Desert Foxes.
October 8: Niger (H) – 8 p.m.
October 12: Niger (A) – 5 p.m.
A return to fitness for these enticing clashes with Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool has been good news for Guardiola and his City side – and the same is true for Belgium.
Unlike other European countries, the Belgians and Kevin de Bruyne are preparing this time for action from the League of Nations. Indeed, they face France Thursday evening in the semi-final, the winner qualifying for the final on Sunday.
October 7: France (N) – 7.45 p.m.
October 10: Spain / Italy (N) – to be confirmed
The confusion and fallout from the September hiatus continues to rumble, but the less we talk about it the better.
Of course, the devastating Covid-19 pandemic continues to take hold of elite sport – as it does society at large.
However, after being forced to miss a month ago, the City duo Ederson and fit Gabriel Jesus are now expected to represent Brazil again.
Two away games in three days (Venezuela and Colombia) are followed by a home meeting with Uruguay at the Arena da Amazonia, Manaus.
After that? The second part of a 10,000 mile round trip.
October 8: Venezuela (A) – 12:30 a.m.
October 10: Colombia (A) – 10 p.m.
October 15: Uruguay (H) – 1h30
Manchester City now have Jack Grealish in their squad and started the season confidently, beating Chelsea and playing well in a draw at Liverpool. And Pep Guardiola will be aiming for another title, that’s for sure.
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Having been without Foden due to injury in September, England manager Gareth Southgate has recalled the City starlet to his squad – where he will join teammates Kyle Walker, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and the £ 100million man Grealish.
A late equalizer from Poland in their last game means the Three Lions can no longer put together a perfect record on the road to Qatar, but victories over Minnows Andorra and Hungary under the famous Wembley Arch will go a long way towards helping the match. reservation. their place.
The first of these matches is expected to take place at Estadi Nacional, Vella.
October 9: Andorra (A) – 7.45 p.m.
October 12: Hungary (H) – 7.45 p.m.
The only flag bearer of the Netherlands, defender Nathan Ake should – if called upon – spend relatively calm evenings against Latvia and Gibraltar.
Despite winning 22 caps for his country, the former Bournemouth star has been brought in to play second fiddle since Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk returned from a serious knee injury.
October 8: Latvia (A) – 7.45 p.m.
October 11: Gibraltar (H) – 7.45 p.m.
With many of their City team-mates set for two or even three World Cup qualifiers, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva will feature in a friendly against host 2022 Qatar.
This will be followed by a meeting with Luxembourg at the Estadio da Luz, in Porto, on Tuesday evening.
Granted, when it comes to the first of those games, you’d expect the trio to have some rest time and that, of course, is another plus for Guardiola.
October 9: Qatar (H) – 8:15 p.m.
October 12: Luxembourg (H) – 7.45 p.m.
After changing his allegiance to France, center-back Aymeric Laporte has become an important part of the Spanish squad – alongside his City team-mates Rodri and Ferran Torres.
Like the Belgian superstar Bruyne, it is the duty of the League of Nations for these three as they face Italy, winner of Euro 2020, Wednesday in San Siro; home of Inter Milan and AC Milan.
They will then move on to the third-place game or Sunday’s final.
October 6: Italy (N) – 7.45 p.m.
October 10: Belgium / France (N) – to be confirmed
Zack Steffen had to be replaced in the last United States team after contracting Covid-19. Back in the fold this time around, the alternate goalkeeper is – like Ederson and Jesus – ready for a long flight back across the Atlantic.
October 8: Jamaica (H) – 12:30 a.m.
October 10: Panama (A) – 11 p.m.
October 14: Costa Rica (H) – 12 p.m.
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