Manchester City join a selection of Premier League clubs touring Asia, including Manchester United, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, as they prepare for the new campaign.
In the first round of pre-season fixtures, the champions dispatched of Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers side with relative ease, with goals from David Silva – who’s playing his final pre-season with the Blues after admitting he will leave in 2020 – Lukas Nmecha, and Raheem Sterling.
Wolves, a team who frustrated a number of the top six sides last season, proved to be a far more challenging affair, however, as City eventually lost on penalties after a goalless draw in regulation time.
Pep Guardiola’s side continued their tour against Hong Kong-based team Kitchee SC earlier today and they recorded a comfortable 6-1 victory.
While most players are likely to have taken more conventional transport to the venue, it seems John Stones and Kyle Walker caught a far more traditional ride.
Sailing into matchday like…⛵?
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 24, 2019
City have been criticised in some quarters for their failure to engage with locals and for showing apparent disrespect towards local media, but this light-hearted gesture should do something to ease the tension.
When in Hong Kong sail a City-themed junk ship, as they say.