Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City will have to play the Community Shield with an inexperienced side as much of his senior team rests after last season and Euro 2020 penalties.
City began their pre-season preparations with a 2-0 win over Preston North End on Tuesday.
Guardiola fielded Joao Cancelo, Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias and Benjamin Mendy in defense in front of the young American goalkeeper Zack Steffen, while Fernandinho and Riyad Mahrez were the only other players of the first full-fledged team to line up.
City recovered the Premier League title from Liverpool last season, also winning the EFL Cup and reaching the Champions League final, where they lost to Chelsea, in a dense campaign that quickly followed by the late 2019 end of the season. 20.
With much of his squad found in the European championship, Guardiola found himself with no options as he plans a championship title defense and another assault on the only prize that continues to elude City.
They will now welcome Barnsley to their Academy Stadium on Saturday in the final warm-up before the Community Shield against Leicester City at Wembley on 7 August.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the victory over Preston, Guardiola said: “We have to adapt with only three or four players from the first team, players arrive every week, we hope they come back and can train.
“I know we don’t have time because in 10, 11, 12 days we have the Community Shield with only three players but we will play with the players [from the] second team and we’ll try.
“Every season is so tough, so mending is important, we need to rest, mentally.
“The managers and the staff behind the scenes have time but the players were in the European Cup, they didn’t have time, so they have to rest for three or four weeks.”