SHANGHAI: The launch of Man-chester City’s new 2019-20 season third kit in Shanghai was done with much pomp despite the missing stars.
The players could not make it to the launch on Sunday as their chartered flight was delayed.
The club said in a statement: “Due to unforeseen administrative issue beyond the club’s control, which is being resolved, regrettably, we will embark on our pre-season tour a little later than intended.”
The English Premier League champions were due to fly in for their Premier League Asia Trophy match against West Ham at the Olympic Sports Centre in Nanjing tomorrow.
If they win the match, City will take on either Newcastle or Wolves in the final.
The third kit by Puma features a bright gradient design of yellow and peach, inspired by the on-field brilliance of the Citizens’ style of football.
The vibrant and disruptive kit colours embody the modernity of the club and their mission to play attractive, technically-skilled and attacking football, from the men’s and women’s first team, right through the academies.
And the avant-garde design has received the thumbs up from City’s manager Pep Guardiola.
“Football is a source of inspiration and enjoyment to millions around the world. On the pitch, our aim is to play attacking and entertaining football and I’m delighted that the Puma design team have used this as inspiration for our new third kit. I look forward to seeing it on the pitch this season,” said the Spaniard.
City chief executive officer Ferran Soriano said they are excited to explore the Asian market.
“China is vibrant and it’s exciting being here for us and we are looking forward to our future here,” said Soriano.
City will spend a week in China before flying to Hong Kong and Japan, playing four games on their tour of the Far East before taking on Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley on Aug 4.