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Man City is fighting Sevilla players for the European Super Cup

Man City is fighting Sevilla players for the European Super Cup

Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens is the scene of Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup duel (9pm / Live ServusTV, Sat 1 and Sky). Manchester City faces the Champions League winner and the European League winner Sevilla. This is the first participation for Manchester, while the Spaniards participate in the event at the beginning of the season for the seventh time. However, the only victory has been for a while, after winning in 2006.

City coach Pep Guardiola also knows what it feels like to win the Super Cup – as coach of FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he won the trophy three times, as a player who won it in 1992 in a Barcelona uniform. There is much to suggest that there will be a fifth coup for the Catalan on Wednesday.

Last week, the Light Blues got off to a good start in the new Premier League season. While the English champions got off to a confident start with a 3-0 win over newly promoted Burnley, Sevilla got off to a poor start with a 2-1 draw at home to FC Valencia.

Statistics from the history of the Super Cup speak for the “natives” anyway: in 27 cases, the winner of the Champions League or European Champions Cup, as the competition was called, won. The record winners are Real Madrid, AC Milan and Barcelona with five wins each.

The only obvious negative for Manchester City in the game is the absence of Kevin De Bruyne. The midfielder suffered another hamstring injury against Burnley. The Belgian was already wracked with pain in the Champions League final in June, but according to Guardiola, the same injury is now acute again.

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“It’s the groin again, the same place,” Guardiola said. It is not known how long de Brion will be out. “It depends on the severity of the injury, but it will take a few weeks,” the coach said. That leaves City without a team brain against Sevilla and beyond. In Seville, on the other hand, former Bayern Munich professional player Tanguy Nyanzu was missing.