Watch LIVE Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid (Club Friendlies).

Watch LIVE Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid (Club Friendlies).

Manchester City plays Atletico Madrid at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul on Sunday, hoping to maintain their strong preseason.

While Atletico Madrid fell to the K-League All-Stars earlier this week, the European champions have swept both of their Asian opponents thus far.
City were back in action on Wednesday against one of the clubs they swept through en route to last season's Champions League title, just days after prevailing in an eight-goal thriller against Yokohama in Tokyo.

Although French attacker Mathys Tel of Bayern Munich equalized James McAtee's first-half opening in the 81st minute, a player rumored to be leaving Etihad scored the late victory for the English team, scoring with less than five minutes remaining: Aymeric Laporte.

Next Sunday, City will play Arsenal, who finished second in the Premier League last season, in the Community Shield, meaning they must win their final game of their tour of Japan and South Korea against Atletico and then return home for a brief training block before their match.

The triple champions will play their first Premier League game at Turf Moor, where club great Vincent Kompany now works as Burnley's manager, planning the ruin of his former squad.

Even though his well-oiled City engine should be at its peak next month, they may be shorthanded to begin with due to a late return to training following June's night of triumph in Istanbul, where his coach, Pep Guardiola, was victorious in the UEFA Champions League final.

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Sunday's opponents are busy revamping their team for the next season, while Manchester City has been relatively quiet in the transfer market so far this summer (with ex-Real Madrid man Mateo Kovacic as the headline acquisition; Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan also going).

A number of players joined the team in early July, including Javi Galan, Caglar Soyuncu, and Cesar Azpilicueta; Antoine Griezmann's loan agreement was made permanent; and Joao Felix returned from his loan at Chelsea.

There may be more to come as Los Colchoneros want to build off of a 2022-23 season in which they finished a disappointing third in La Liga and struggled in Europe, despite being led by Diego Simeone, who put his uncertain future to rest with a strong second half.

Before their season opener on August 14 against Granada in 2023–24, Atletico will face the European champions in Seoul and play two more warm-up matches against Real Sociedad and Sevilla.

Despite taking a 2-1 lead into stoppage time thanks to goals from Thomas Lemar and Carlos Martin, Atletico's first match of their trip to South Korea ended in disappointment as a K-League All-Stars squad pulled off a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

This kind of sloppiness does not sit well with Simeone, who expects his troops to give their all no matter the setting, thus an instant response is needed this weekend.



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