A lot Manchester City fans were pleased to see some of their international stars rested on Saturday evening.
Portugal were victorious over Qatar in Hungary with a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Andre Silva, Otavio and Bruno Fernandes.
On Wednesday, City trio Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva all started for their country as Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 89th and 96th minute to beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 and send Portugal level on points with Serbia in their World Cup qualifying group.
As Saturday’s fixture against the 2022 World Cup hosts was only a friendly, Fernando Santos opted to rest the three City players ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Azerbaijan, as tweeted by @cityreport in the build-up to the match.
Dias was brought on midway through the second half, whereas Silva and Cancelo both sat out out the full match, with the right-back rested after playing every minute of Manchester City’s opening three league games of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Leicester City next weekend following the international break, and having all their key players fresh available for a busy September, which includes trips to Chelsea and PSG, will be most desirable.
City fans glad to see Portugal trio benched
These City fans on Twitter were glad to see the club’s Portuguese trio benched for the Qatar friendly on Saturday:
“So Portugal is gonna lose this friendly, I’m glad they’re benched, they should rest up for Man City’s next fixture next Saturday”
“Awesome, good for our club“
“Best place for them, safe and sound on the bench”
“Sending them back to Manchester”
“Dias is finally getting some rest”
In other news, lots of Man City fans are excited about an academy player update. Find out more here.
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