Manchester City 4-1 Blackpool: Ilkay Gundogan at the double while Riyad Mahrez and 18-year-old Samuel Edozie also strike as Pep Guardiola’s side enjoy ideal preparation in final pre-season friendly before Community Shield against Leicester this weekend
- Ilkay Gundogan picked up where he left off last term with two goals in a 4-1 win
- City had a strong team out in their last friendly and had too much for Blackpool
- Riyad Mahrez and Samuel Edozie were also on target for Pep Guardiola’s side
Harry Kane may still make it to Manchester City this summer but until he does the champions will be just fine with Ilkay Gundogan leading the line.
The German played in the same false-nine role he thrived in last season in City’s final pre-season game against Blackpool and scored twice in a rampant 4-1 win for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Samuel Edozie got City off to a strong start with a close-range finish early on, only for Championship side Blackpool to pull level with a Luke Garbutt penalty.
Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City eased to a 4-1 friendly win over Blackpool
City had a strong team out in their final pre-season game before facing Leicester on Sunday
Riyad Mahrez put City back in control early in the second half before Gundogan netted twice to make sure of the win.
Eighteen-year-old Edozie put City in front in only the third minute, reacting quickly to score with one touch when the ball deflected off a Blackpool defender and into his path inside the area, after the champions had won the ball back high up the pitch.
It was Edozie’s third goal in as many games after netting in the 2-0 win over Preston North End and the 4-0 thrashing of Barnsley.
Blackpool leftback Garbutt levelled for the visitors midway through the first half, beating City keeper Zack Steffen from the penalty spot after Shayne Lavery had been felled by Ruben Dias.
MANCHESTER CITY: Steffen, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Palmer, Mahrez, Edozie, Knight
GOALS: Edozie 3, Mahrez 48, Gundogan 58, 75
MANAGER: Pep Guardiola
BLACKPOOL: Moore, Sinclair, Ekpiteta, Casey, Garbutt, Stewart, James, Bowler, Sarkic, Carey, Lavery
GOALS: Gabutt 21 (pen)
MANAGER: Neil Critchley
City restored their lead soon after the re-start after a flowing exchange of passes which led Fernandinho to send a laser pass to Mahrez, who controlled the ball on his chest before slotting into the bottom corner with one touch.
Mahrez then turned provider for City’s third goal, quickly taking a free kick to catch Blackpool by surprise and find Gundogan, who coolly found the net.
The German, City’s top scorer in their romp to last season’s Premier League title with 13 goals, struck again from close range to give Pep Guardiola’s side an extra spring in their step for Sunday’s trip to Wembley to face FA Cup winners Leicester.
The champions begin their title defence on 15 August away to Tottenham.
The 4-1 win over Blackpool ensured a clean sweep of three friendly victories for Pep Guardiola