Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich result: Erling Haaland debut goal decides match at Lambeau Field
Erling Haaland scored on his Manchester City debut and it proved the game-winner against Bayern Munich as the Premier League champions return home with two wins on their U.S. tour. Big matches await both teams next weekend.The match was interrupted by a lightning delay just one minute after the Haaland goal and when it resumed 55 minutes later, Haaland returned to the field. He almost scored a second goal had it not been for a last-ditch sliding tackle by a Bayern center back.
Manchester City marked the 10th anniversary of Sergio Aguero's final-day heroics with another improbable turnaround to snatch the Premier League title in May.
Pep Guardiola's side were 2-0 down inside the final 15 minutes against Aston Villa before Ilkay Gundogan's goals either side of a Rodri stunner inspired unbridled delirium at the Etihad Stadium.
Thanks to Netflix, we're now all well-versed in the terminology around Michael Jordan's era-defining Chicago Bulls. Can City become the only team alongside neighbours Manchester United to pull off a "three-peat" in the Premier League era? And will this be Guardiola's "last dance", given his contract expires at the end of the season?
Manchester United transfer news, live! Latest reports, rumors, updates
Manchester United transfer news is always a busy industry in the summer months and this summer will see it at full volume under new manager Erik ten Hag. Again, not great vibes around Ronaldo right now. That said, the report states that ETH could hand Ronaldo the captaincy and wants him to lead a new era at Old Trafford. We have no doubt that Ronaldo will end up in MLS one day, and probably in Miami, but right now it seems like he will remain in Manchester.
There's been an uncommon amount of close-season upheaval when compared to other summers of the Catalan's tenure, but the evidence of recent weeks shows a team and a manager revitalised, ready to push on and breach new ground.
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In terms of teammates showing their enthusiasm for a new arrival, City's players singing the chorus of Borussia Dortmund's terrace chant for Erling Haaland during a team dinner on the recent tour of the United States was pretty emphatic. For all City's well-documented spending, Haaland is the first ready-made superstar of the Guardiola era. If it all clicks, the results should be truly frightening.
Premier League 2022/23 predictions: Man City to win title, Man United to miss out on top four, no Golden Boot for Haaland
Manchester City will aim to make it three Premier League titles in a row when the action resumes in England's top flight. Who will finish in the top four, the bottom three and scoop the individual prizes?Get ready for nine months of the likes of myself grumbling about dodgy food, travel woes, bad wifi and late re-writes.
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Even if it doesn't completely — the experiences of Robert Lewandowski and Sergio Aguero show that even the most successful strikers under Guardiola have to go through a range of teething problems — City can expect a considerable uplift. Gundogan was their top scorer when they won the 2020/21 Premier League title with 13 league goals, while Kevin De Bruyne topped the charts with 15 last time around.
Haaland's formidable record in front of goal means he should overhaul those figures with relative ease, with his poacher's effort after 12 minutes of his first appearance in sky blue against Bayern Munich at Lambeau Field a tantalising glimpse of what is to come.
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Odds to win Premier League 2022/23: Best bets, expert predictions, and futures for EPL season
The Premier League season begins on August 5, so who will take home the hardware next season and who will go home empty-handed? Here's your one-stop shop for Premier League title, relegation, and top goalscorer predictions ahead of the 2022/23 season.Everyone starts from scratch, but certain teams are no doubt ahead of the pack with regards to their title chances.
Kevin De Bruyne fit and firing
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After needing painkilling injections to take part in Belgium's Euro 2020 quarterfinal loss to Italy, De Bruyne limped into last season as something of a husk. It took until some time after the midway point for him to reach anything like top gear. However, the master playmaker then fired himself into player-of-the-year conversations.
Before the March 6 Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, De Bruyne made 28 appearances across all competition, 22 of which were starts, scored seven goals (xG 4.13) and provided seven assists from 69 chances created. He scored twice in the first half of a 4-1 win over Manchester United and, from that point, he went into overdrive. In his final 15 games, De Bruyne scored 11 times (5.25 xG) and chipped in with seven more assists over that shorter period from 54 chances created.
"Last preseason, he arrived in bad conditions because of injuries. He took a long time to get his best condition, but the start of this season was the opposite," Guardiola reported from City's preseason tour. "We saw in sessions he's sharp and strong and he continued with the same level as last season, it was his best season in terms of scoring goals and he's started really well." It serves as a chilling warning to the rest of the league.
UEFA Champions League qualifiers 2022: Draws, results, fixtures, and scores for qualifying rounds through playoffs
The UEFA Champions League 2022/23 officially began play in June with 52 teams playing five rounds of qualifying matches to fill the final six spots in the lucrative group stage draw, where 26 other elite European clubs await.While the elite European clubs are waiting for the group stage to kick off in September, there are a host of other renowned teams, including from various well-known leagues, that are doing battle for the six final tickets across five Champions League qualifying rounds that conclude in August.
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For all Guardiola's frequent praise of his contribution to City's overall play, Jack Grealish's first season as the club's record signing underwhelmed as he chalked up just six goals and four assists in the country's most free-scoring team. The England international being left on the bench for key matches such as April's home game against Liverpool, both legs of the Champions League semifinal with Real Madrid and the finale versus his old employers Villa was also notable.
However, Grealish certainly looked in the mood this preseason, relishing his link-up with Haaland and De Bruyne on City's US tour where he was the standout performer. Lewandowski, Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo are among the numerous examples of players who have taken a leap forward in their second season under Guardiola's management. Expect Grealish, already a very popular member of the dressing room, to do the same.
Alvarez and Phillips: New signings made to measure
As discussed, Haaland might have a similarly mixed acclimatisation period, but City's other preseason arrivals certainly look made to measure. Julian Alvarez caught the eye in his first City runout against Club America, with his link-up play, eye for a pass and rabid pressing amounting to something like the archetypal Guardiola forward.
Erling Haaland greedy for goals, ‘a bit s—‘ in not completing hat trick
Erling Haaland was upset to see the final 25 minutes of Man City's 2-0 win over West Ham not include an Erling Haaland goal. Keep in mind he subbed off with 12 minutes to play. [ MORE: What we learned from West Ham 0-2 Man City ] “It’s about 30 minutes since I scored my last goal, so I have to keep going,” Haaland said. The 22-year-old Norwegian was a menace in his first Premier League match on Sunday, winning and converting a penalty before latching onto an incisive Kevin De Bruyne pass for a combination that seems likely to be as repeated as any in the league this season.
Alvarez cut his teeth under Marcelo Gallardo at River Plate, a coach for whom Guardiola has a deep admiration. The same can be said for Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter, doing much to explain City's pursuit of their Spanish left-back Marc Cucurella. In Kalvin Phillips, City have signed the standout player of Leeds United's era under Marcelo Bielsa, one of Guardiola's key mentors.
Phillips, Alvarez and, if he arrives, Cucurella all have schoolings that suggest they can hit the ground running at City. They will need to do just that after the departures of valuable servants Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
MORE: When is Julian Alvarez joining Man City? Transfer fee, playing style and career titles so far
Sadio Mane leaving Liverpool
Much has already been made of the potentially titanic centre-forward battle between Haaland and Liverpool's new signing Darwin Nunez, with each of the Premier League's leading teams set to trade more fluid forward lines for the benefits of a traditional No.9.
However, Liverpool were able to play so effectively in this style last season because Sadio Mane took his game to another level. The Senegal international scored in all three of the games against City and was their star attacker as Mohamed Salah's goalscoring form faded during the run-in.
Salah remains a formidable operator and his new contract is fantastic news for Jurgen Klopp, but Mane's departure to Bayern Munich is likely to be felt far more by Liverpool than any of City's outgoings.
When is Erik ten Hag's first Man Utd match in Premier League? Fixtures, schedule for new Red Devils boss .
New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag faces a busy opening round of fixtures in the 2022/23 Premier League season. Here is the Red Devils' schedule.Having arrived from Ajax in the close-season off the back of winning the Dutch title, Ten Hag is the man who has now been tasked with reviving the fortunes of one of English football's fallen giants.