City look forward to Galaxy test

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Manchester City are preparing for their toughest pre-season test yet when they line up against LA Galaxy on Sunday as apart of the World Football Challenge.

City have already come up against Mexican side Club America and MLS newcomers Vancouver Whitecaps, winning 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.

But their US tour finale should provide the best insight to the level of progression throughout manager Roberto Mancini's pre-season as he's expected to field a full-strength side.

"For us, the last game is the most important game," he said. "We are very excited to play this game against Galaxy.

"It will be a very important game because it is the last game of the tournament. It is important we play with the whole team for 90 minutes."


Midfielder Gareth Barry has been happy with the tour of the US and his side's performances so far and he agrees with Mancini's opinion that their match against Galaxy will be a good indicator as to where the club stands.

One thing that Barry believes will be in City's favour on Sunday is the pitch. The pitch used against Vancouver was only temporary after torrential rains rendered the surface unusable. It drew some criticism from the City players.

"The pitch will obviously help us," Barry said. "The one previous wasn't ideal, but it's just one of those things.

"The training conditions have been what we needed and the weather has been very good. With our setup here, the training has been well.

"I've enjoyed the time here and the games have been what we needed at this stage of the pre-season. The one on Sunday will probably be the toughest test to where we want to be."

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