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HSV Hamburg vs. Manchester City FC

HSH Nordbank Arena

26th July 2008

4:30pm(2:30pm GMT)

HSV Hamburg v MCFC

City's first official pre-season friendly sees us travel to the familiar ground of Hamburg after we played a friendly there back in 2002.

Vital Quotes:

Mark Hughes talks about the game: "I think that our pre-season is on paper as good as any that I have been involved in," Hughes declares, "because of the quality of the opposition we are facing and that we have competitive games interspersed as well. From my point of view, it`s perfect.'

"If you could pick a pre-season for preparation purposes, you would struggle to top the one that we have this year. We have to make the most of it."

He continues with: "It`s a case of getting minutes into the players legs, we are taking a reasonably-sized squad that will be senior-based. The guys who were missing at the beginning of the preparation period need to get up to speed, so we will look to give them decent stints against Hamburg.

"That should help them with the games we have leading into the start of the Premier League season. It`s a key game for a number of players."

Hamburg's manager Martin Jol talks about the game: "Our team know each other, now I expect them to play with confidence and please our fans. Everyone is fit and I will decide who plays shortly before kick off. We will pick a side from our best 16 to 17 players"

He added: "I have never lost a game against Manchester City."

HSV Hamburg Team News:

Vincent Kompany has been selected for the Belgium Olympic squad so is unlikely to play.

Player to watch: Rafael Van der Vaart

Has the ability to run a midfield and has a good eye for goal.

Manchester City FC Team News:

City's treatment table for our forwards is rather full at the moment with Bianchi, Vassell, Evans and Sturridge being the only ones available for tomorrow's game.

No injury news regarding the midfield or the defence however and so Mark Hughes should have a decent squad to pick from.

Mark has said that Sturridge will play some part in the game.

Player to watch: Martin Petrov

As the game in the Faroes demonstrated; yet again this left footed wing meastro knows how to put a cross in and score the odd goal.

Match Facts & Stats

City were beaten one nil in the friendly in 2002 with a header by Czech international Tomas Ujfalusi from a corner. Richard Dunne is the only remaining City player from the team that played then.

Ref Watch:

Unknown.

Match Prediction:

City to show some nice football and show the Bundesliga side that the premiership is a higher standard. Hamburg 1 -2 MCFC

Next Fixtures:

EB/Streymur in UEFA cup on Thursday 31st July 8pm kick off.




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Writer: Gavin Cooper  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 25 2008

Time: 6:49PM

Your Comments

should be a good test for you guys!
merlin
Starting line up Hart, Corluka, Dunne, Richards,Ball Ireland Fernandes,Elano, Petrov, Vassell, Caicedo.
Buzz Lightyear
I saw the match, All the time I thought Evans from his picture in the Official is like Dicov But today I Surprised with his good boday he look to me like Fernando Torres and He has a good potential, also Etuhu make good game and The antithesis was Petrov & Caicedo they was bad, Other players had mid level .. The team needs more working from Hughes.
city 81
Somthing else, Johnson did not play! does this mean that he will be sold?!
city 81
No City 81, he just might have a slight injury and this was only a friendly, I am sure he will be back next thursday to play against EB/steymor. As for their performance today, They did point out that Hamburg had played many more friendly matches than we had so they were about 14 days ahead of us in football terms. That is to say if we played them in 14 days time we would giove them a better game.
Buzz Lightyear
City 81 if you go to the club forum, we had a discussion on the match there, just click on it an dlook for City Chat and have a look at the various subjects.
Buzz Lightyear
Ok Buzz and thank you .
city 81
 

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