Verdict: LA Galaxy 1 Manchester City 1 (City win 7-6 on penalties)

Contrary to what is being reported elsewhere, Mario Balotelli’s failed attempt to backheel a goal wasn’t the only point of interest in City’s final US match. The game offered both positives and concerns in our bid to improve on last season.

One of the main attractions of pre-season games is the opportunity to see new signings. Mancini started the game with what appeared to be his strongest available side, apart from Yaya, and it was interesting to note Gael Clichy appeared ahead of Aleks Kolarov.

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Why Etihad sponsorship leaves City still needing more money

Quite rightly there was a celebratory air to City’s new sponsorship deal with Etihad. Early speculation guessed it might be worth £100m, then the figure rose to £300m and finally it was reported as being worth up to £400m over 10 years.

The structuring of the deal to cover stadium naming rights, shirt sponsorship and the new developments on the area surrounding the ground should enable it to fit within Financial Fair Play rules (FFP).

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