Man City set to visit Japan and Thailand on pre-season tour

Manchester City have pencilled in visits to both Japan and Thailand on a pre-season tour this summer, with Pep Guardiola’s side set to travel to the Far East for the first time since 2019

  • Pep Guardiola’s Man City are set to visit Japan and Thailand on a pre-season tour 
  • It will be the club’s first trip to the Far East since before the Pandemic
  • City last toured Japan in 2019 and played sister club Yokohama F. Marinos

 Manchester City are set to visit Asia as part of their preparations for next season – the first trip to the Far East since the pandemic.

Sportsmail understands the Premier League champions have pencilled in both Japan and Thailand for their summer tour in mid-July.

City were in Japan the last time they went to Asia in 2019, facing sister club Yokohama F. Marinos in a fixture that is likely to be replicated.

Pep Guardiola’s squad were in China four years ago before moving on to Hong Kong and Japan, impressed with the facilities on offer in the latter.

City are yet to finalise plans, although they are expected to spend longer in Japan, with the Thailand leg of the jaunt an additional stop.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are set to visit Japan and Thailand on a pre-season tour

The club last toured Japan in 2019, when they faced sister club Yokohama F Marino (pictured)

They toured America ahead of the 2022-23 season and played against the likes of Bayern Munich and Club America

Tours to that part of the world have been money-spinners for English clubs who are looking to capitalise on their growing appeal in the region.

Ahead of this season, Guardiola’s side embarked on a tour of America that saw them face the likes of Club America and Bayern Munich.

Since then, City have struggled to match their recent dominance in English football and sit five points off league leaders Arsenal in the Premier League table.

The Gunners can extend their lead with a win over Everton in their game in hand on Saturday, but Cityzens fans will be buoyed by the fact that the top two sides in the country are yet to face each other at all in the league, with their first encounter set to take place at the Etihad later this month.

City are next in action against Tottenham, who they beat 4-2 in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, on Sunday.

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