Manchester City finally play an International Champions Cup match when they face Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in a game that will stream live from Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, on Thursday — after a scheduled Manchester derby against rivals Manchester United was called off at the last minute earlier in the week due to what City Manager Pep Guardiola called the “unacceptable” condition of the pitch in Beijing.
“We didn’t travel to China just for a holiday or for a training session,” an angry Guardiola said at a press conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen. “We came here for a little bit of training and to play two important friendly games. I think it was the first time we have had to cancel a game so maybe it was a lesson for the people who organize it. They are inviting players and providing good hotels but if we can’t play on the pitch then it doesn’t matter.”
— BVBPassion! (@BorussiaPassion) July 27, 2016
The game against Manchester United would have provided an early preview of the rekindled rivalry between Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. The two iconic managers squared off numerous times when they controlled the two dominant teams in the Spanish top flight — Guardiola at Barcelona and Mourinho at Real Madrid.
Watch Guardiola explain his disappointment at missing the preseason return date with his rival in the video below.
Watch a live stream of the Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City International Champions Cup preseason match in the video below — or see the streaming links at the bottom of this artice.
Kickoff time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. China Standard Time at Langgang Stadium in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China on Thursday, July 28. Fans in the United Kingdom can catch the live stream starting at 12:30 p.m. British Summer Time, while viewers in the United States can log in at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:30 a.m. Pacific.
The Beijing pitch was poorly prepared after several torrential downpours there. But the weather in Shenzhen has been clear, and the conditions are expected to be ideal for football.
The game will be a tough one for Guardiola and his Manchester City squad, however. Thanks to the unexpected ditching of the Manchester United game, several players will be seeing their first competition since the 2016 Euros, which wrapped up earlier in July.
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Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling, and Nicolas Otamendi will all be seeing their first action of the preseason on Thursday.
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ESPN3, the online-only network of sports giant ESPN, will carry the Borussia Dortmund Vs. Manchester City International Champions Cup preseason match live online, with streaming video from Longgang Stadium in Shenzhen, Australia. Click on this link to watch the match-up pitting the second-place German Bundesliga 2015-2016 season side against the English Premier League fourth-place finishers, who will be looking to return to the top of the Premier League title under new manager Pep Guardiola once the regular season gets underway, legally and for free on a computer or on mobile and set-top devices with ESPN3 on the WatchESPN app. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
A Spanish-language stream of the Borussia Dortmund Vs. Manchester City International Champions Cup showdown is also available at the link above. Fans in the United Kingdom can watch a live stream of the Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City International Champions Cup match via Sky Go at this link, but a Sky subscription is required.
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