Jack Grealish squares up to Club America players who target Man City star with brutal tackles in pre-season friendly

    Manchester City enjoyed a 2-1 friendly win over Club America, but Jack Grealish will have a few bruises in the morning.

    It was a feisty encounter for Pep Guardiola’s side in Houston as they continue their preparations for the new season.

    Grealish was involved in all the action against Club America

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    Grealish was involved in all the action against Club America

    Grealish seems to attract tackles and fouls everywhere he goes and this game was no different.

    There were several flash points in the match where the Club America players put in crunching challenges on the England star.

    Their goalkeeper, Mexican legend Guillermo Ochoa, pushed Grealish and that provoked a huge reaction, the City star responding with his own shove… and seconds later was surrounded by the Club America players.

    Man City went on to win 2-1 with Kevin de Bruyne grabbing both of the goals.

    There was no Erling Haaland yet, though, who did not come off the bench.

    He is expected to feature against Bayern Munich in Green Bay before City head home.

    Grealish took issue with a number of crunching challenge from the Club America players

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    Grealish took issue with a number of crunching challenge from the Club America players

    Grealish and Haaland have quickly bonded since the latter joined from Borussia Dortmund.

    “Erling’s looked good in training and once he reaches full fitness will be unstoppable,” Grealish said. “I can’t wait to play with him and I’m really looking forward to it.

    “He actually said to me, ‘I’m only half the price of you so I haven’t got the pressure’. 

    “Obviously it’s always going to be big expectations but nowadays you have to deal with it. I suppose if he misses a chance or whatever then people are always going to have something to say. I’ve had to get used to it myself.”

    Grealish and Haaland have formed a quick bond together

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    Grealish and Haaland have formed a quick bond together

    Grealish added: “He is a great guy, a brilliant guy. The first day that I met him we took a car together and even after that ride I thought, ‘what a guy’.

    “He’s so down to earth and quite up front with the way he is. You get used to that.”

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