St Johnstone to face Pep Guardiola's Manchester City

Pep Guardiola

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright will pit his wits against Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola in a closed doors game next week.

The Premiership club will travel south to take on City, with Saints stressing[1] there will be “no public access”.

“It has come out of the blue through a contact of mine and we were, as you can imagine, delighted to accept the opportunity,” said Wright.

“It will be a fantastic experience for the players.”

Guardiola’s City travelled to China to prepare for their Premier League season and beat Borussia Dortmund[2] on penalties in Thursday’s friendly.

However, Monday’s planned meeting with Manchester United was called off[3] after heavy rain in Beijing left the pitch unplayable.

Saints’ domestic season has already started with Scottish League Cup first-round group fixtures, the fourth and final of which is against Stirling Albion on Saturday.

References

  1. ^ Saints stressing (www.perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk)
  2. ^ beat Borussia Dortmund (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ called off (www.bbc.co.uk)

BBC Sport – Football

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