As the International Champions Cup gets under way on Friday it will begin in grand style with two of the most respected pro clubs in the world. Borussia Germany is one of the biggest teams in Germany and the third most successful team in that country.
Perhaps their greatest moment ever was 20 years ago with the 1998 Champions League title. Meanwhile Manchester City is coming off a 2017-18 English Premier League championship in which they dominated with ease. It was the third title in seven seasons for City. They have replaced Manchester United as the power team in the English Premier League.
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2018 International Champions Cup Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund
Date and Time: Friday, July 20, 2018. 9:05 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
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Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund TV Coverage: ESPN2
Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund not only bring big time championship cache to the International Champions Cup but in addition they will playing at one of the most iconic sporting venues anywhere in the world. Soldier Field in Chicago originally opened in 1924 and has served as home of the NFL Chicago Bears since 1971. It was completely renovated in 2002 with a reopening in 2003 and currently seats 61,500. Big time soccer is no stranger to Soldier Field as it has hosted the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer as well as 1994 FIFA World Cup matches and multiple CONCACAF Gold Cup championships.
Manchester City Style and Tactics
Manager Pep Guardiola prefers quick and incisive passing and a style that is dominant in its ability to maintain possession which also serves to frustrate opponents that are crazed over not being able to get the ball. This ball possession style is best evidenced by the fact that they average 66 percent possession in their games. Additionally, because the opposition does not have the ball such tactics are a classic case of the best defense being a dominant offense. City will also employ unorthodox tactics such as moving a full back to midfield during attacks or having a midfielder drop back to defend. Although the team prefers to build attacks form the goalkeeper and defense they have plenty of talented players to mount the charge and are not afraid of the occasional long pass if required.
Borussia Dortmund Style and Tactics
Although Borussia Dortmund is traditionally known for swift counter attack style football they are in transition. Following the more aggressive tactics of the now departed Petr Bosz in which an all-out attack style was employed new manager Peter Stoger is returning the club to its counter attack roots. All in all, the tradition of Borussia Dortmund is high speed attacking, which is a joy for fans to watch.
Borussia Dortmund Players to Watch
For Borussia Dortmund Christian Pulisic has the ability create a high tempo counter attack style that his team is famous for. His dribbling skill features the ability to break apart defenses and makes him the focal point on the squad. Marco Reus is well known for his support role of attacking teammates and is respected for his direct play combined with creativity. Mario Gotze is a strong attacking midfielder while Julian Weigl and Mahmoud Dahoud are excellent in the center of the pitch.
Manchester City Players to Watch
Kevin De Bruyne is one of the elite players in the English Premier League and was a World Cup star recently for Belgium. He was atop the EPL assist charts with 3.1 key passes per game. De Bruyne has plenty of help from David Silva while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are two of Europe’s top strikers.
2018 International Champions Cup Free Picks
A transitioning team like Borussia Dortmund is the victim of bad timing in facing an established powerhouse like Manchester City.
Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund Pick: Bet the money line on Manchester City
Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund Score Prediction: Manchester City 3, Borussia Dortmund 1
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