World Cup disturbs Community Shield preparations
The World Cup football is the biggest tournament in this sport. This tournament started the 14th of June. One month and a day later the final will be played in Moscow. The Community Shield is scheduled only three weeks after this final. Which means that it’s unlikely players who play the World Cup final, will be participating in the Community Shield.
The World Cup 2018 in Russia is a hot topic at this moment. Four teams are already qualified for the quarter final, while 8 other teams are still hoping to do the same. Brazil faces Mexico this afternoon, while Belgium faces Japan later today. The first match will be watch with mixed feeling by Pep Guardiola. Four of his players (Ederson, Fernandinho, Danilo and Gabriel Jesus) are involved in Brazil’s team. As a person he would love to see as many Man City players in the World Cup final as possible. On the other hand, he wants to prepare his team for the Community Shield and another tough season in the Premier League.
For Manchester City it’s probably the worst-case scenario when England plays Brazil in the WC2018 final. Both countries have four Man City players in their squad. With or without these 8 players, makes a huge difference for the Citizens.
The problem is a lot less big for Chelsea. They have only four contracts players who are still in the tournament. Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Mitchy Batshuayi will try to reach the final with Belgium, while Willian plays for Brazil. When both Belgium and Brazil progress to the next round today, they will face each other in the next round. So, either Man City or Chelsea will have the majority or their players back before the Community Shield starts.