Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is to take his squad to a training camp in Catalonia less than a day after the start of their Premier League season.
The former Barcelona boss will return to his homeland for a four-day stay – which includes a friendly against LaLiga debutants Girona – just hours after kicking off their campaign at newcomers Brighton on August 12.
City say it is a chance for Guardiola to work with the full squad as some players missed the pre-season trip to the United States.
Director of football Txiki Begiristain told mancity.com: “This trip is a great opportunity for Pep to work with his full squad in an intensive training camp.
“We have had some players away on international duty this summer, which means Pep hasn’t had the chance to work for long with the whole squad.
“The game itself promises to be a fantastic spectacle, as Girona finalise their own preparations for their debut campaign in LaLiga.”
It will be interesting to see if Pep’s attention to the importance of preseason training gives his side an advantage of any description.
The transfer of Bonzo was said to be processed in a timely fashion precisely in order to allow Walker a chance to participate in all the ‘getting to know you, getting to know all about you’ stuff at City.
This isn’t a stick to beat Levy with per se, but do you think preseasons have a value? They must have with new additions and existing personal alike, surely?