The Warm Down: Man City chicken out to the Foxes
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester and Riyad Mahrez of Man City during the FA Community Shield match between Leicester City and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on August 7, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City seemed to be on top for most of their battle at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

A familiar face had different plans, as Kelechi Iheanacho smashed in a last-minute penalty to spoil Man City's celebrations before the new season, and winning the FA Community Shield for Leicester City.

Kasper Schmeichel continued on from his Euro 2020 heroics with several flying saves to keep the likes of İlkay Gündoğan, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish out on multiple occasions.

It should be noted that City were without the likes of Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling while giving opportunities to a few youngsters.

The loss, however, gave Guardiola an unwanted stat. It meant that the Spaniard has lost back-to-back finals, including Super Cups, for the first time in his professional managerial career.

The man everyone wanted to see

The roar when Grealish ran onto the Wembley pitch was spine-tingling. 

The £100m signing of the Aston Villa captain reached all corners of the globe (before the Lionel Messi news hit the headlines). 

Despite the loss, Grealish took to the pitch in a sky blue shirt like a duck to water. 

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"He was really good," said the City manager.

"We just need to provide him and let him express his quality. He didn't come for 25 minutes, he came for five-six years.

"He was really good: aggressive, going against full-backs, every time he had the ball he had three players around him.

"Step by step he will find his best."

Taking a chance

With City's superstars still away or injured, Sam Edozie and Cole Palmer made the most of their opportunity with Guardiola putting his trust in the two youngsters throughout preseason. 

Edozie became a Citizen in 2019 amid interest from Chelsea. Just over half a million pounds saw the winger join the Under 18 side and has since impressed the first-team coach.

Edozie scored in each of City's three friendlies, as City faced Preston North End, Barnsley and Blackpool.

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His performance and goal off the bench against Preston earned him a start in the next two, to which the young man obliged and stuck away two more in the next two games.

Palmer, on the other hand, has climbed the ladder through the City youth system and his effort now seems to be paying off.

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The midfielder has made 32 appearances for the Under 18 side, racking up 20 goals and eight assists while his Under 23 career has seen him register 13 goals and six assists in 20 appearances.

Saturday's game added to Palmer's previous two games for the City senior team, getting eight minutes in the Champions League and playing a full 90 minutes in the EFL Cup.

Could we see these two play more this season?

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