With contests against AS Roma and Real Madrid in store, the squad was expecting hard fixtures during their pre-season tour. Just three minutes into the contest, Raheem Sterling beat the offside trap and raced in on goal.
The manner of Sterling’s draw out Anfield departure, in which the England worldwide refused to commit to the club, left supporters with a bitter taste in their mouths and Balotelli’s backing of the youngster was branded “unreal” by one fan on Twitter while a host of others ordered his departure.
It was a flawless beginning to Sterling’s post-Liverpool career in front of a 41,134-strong crowd at the MCG.
Pellegrini is understood to be looking out for talent that will bolster his squad, and, despite seeming to have hit a brick wall in his hunt for a central-midfielder, Fabian Delph completed an astonishing u-turn and signed with City. He can renew the fight with his arch-rivals in the Premier League on Tuesday, with Garcia is expected to nominate a team unchanged.
Sterling did finally return to training for Liverpool on Friday July 10th, before sealing his record-breaking move to City the following Monday, M.E.N claim.
Hart then proved Man City’s hero, with saves off Seydou Doumbia and Seydou Keita to get the English club home. Joe Hart thrives in penalty kick situations and his performance against Roma was another example of his world-class ability. City fans will be more than happy to see Yaya Toure is still a City player after there were many rumours surrounding a potential departure.
Sterling thought he should have had a penalty to add to his goal when he was brought down by Alessandro Florenzi midway through the first half, but the referee waved play on.
The 18-year-old netted City’s second after former Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole’s nightmare backpass.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates.
Silva also picked out Iheanacho in the 33rd minute but the latter’s header was straight at De Sanctis before Roma finished the half stronger – two cut-backs forcing desperate clearances before Daniele De Rossi’s header went just over the bar.