Manchester City is going to return to China in this year for the first time after the ill-fated visit in the year 2016 when the match with the cross-time rivals Manchester United had been called off just in the last minute. The derby that was to be held overseas had been called only hours before kick-off due to an unplayable surface at Birds Nest stadium of Beijing after a heavy rain.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hopes that there isn’t a repetition of the same scenario when they compete in Premier League Asia Trophy of 2019 that is going to be organized on July 17 in Nanjing and July 20 close to Shanghai.
The other teams are West Ham, Newcastle United, and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Both the sides are going to play two games each in the mini-tournament that is for testing the players with temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius. The Asia Trophy had been dogged by some pitch problems once again after a rain when it had been organized in Hong Kong in the year 2013. Paolo Di Canio, the then Sunderland manager called the muddy surface to be a killer pitch. Jan Vertonghen from Tottenham Hotspur suffered an ankle injury on this waterlogged surface.
Even though it is an uncomfortable condition for the player and also quite disruptive for the pre-season preparation of the managers, the Premier Leagues consider these trips to be a great opportunity for growing their followers in China which is the second largest economy of the world.