Uefa is considering introducing a four-team mini tournament at the start of each season, just before the Champions League group phase begins, European football’s governing body confirmed on Tuesday.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims he did not feel in control immediately before last season, even though they went on to win the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola felt Manchester City’s tour of Asia ended in ‘perfect’ fashion as the Premier League champions overcame sister club Yokohama F Marinos.
Zinedine Zidane says he is upset yet ‘convinced’ Real Madrid will enjoy a good season following their 7-3 rout by rivals Atletico Madrid at the International Champions Cup.
New Kaizer Chiefs’ signings Kearyn Baccus, Lazarous Kambole and Samir Nurkovic all started while James Koeti was on the bench as Amakhosi fell to a 2-1 defeat in a pre-season friendly clash with Township Rollers in Botswana.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed he spoke to Laurent Koscielny three times in a forlorn attempt to get his captain on the club’s pre-season tour.
Manchester City have seen their pre-season preparations plunging into disarray after their flight to China was delayed for a second time.
Bayern Munich showed Rottach-Egern no sympathy by thrashing the amateur club 20-2 in their final pre-season friendly before the new campaign.
The Orlando Pirates squad have flown out to Zambia, where they will continue their preparations for the new season.