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Not the most ideal news to receive ahead of a big match but Manchester City have announced a net loss of £126million for the 2019-20 season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Revenue fell by more than £56.8m to £478.4m as football’s shutdown as a result of Covid-19 delayed income streams, an annual report for the year ended June 30, 2020.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “The emergence of Covid-19 sent shockwaves around the world and rocked the foundations of many companies, especially those dependent on connecting directly with large numbers of people.
“Like most organisations, we did not have a business strategy for a global pandemic. What we had, and still have, is a business that is fundamentally strong, with committed shareholders and with significant assets, built carefully over a decade and upon more than a century of history.
“Whilst 2019-20 produced financial figures none of us expected, or wanted to see, the year needs to be viewed in the context of both of the seasons that will have ultimately been affected by the pandemic.
“The expectation of ourselves is that we will return to profitability in the second of those Covid seasons, the 2020-21 financial year. This is the outcome we are working towards and as such it is a testament to the ongoing commitment and hard work of everyone associated with the club through the most challenging of times.”
City are among a host of clubs with an interest in signing Haaland in the summer but last week, the Norway striker’s agent was spotted in Spain having talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid officials.
Speaking ahead of the match, City boss Pep Guardiola hailed Haaland’s goalscoring qualities.
“At that age, to score this amount of goals is not easy to find in the past, honestly,” Guardiola said Monday. “The numbers, they speak for themselves. When that happens, it’s because he can score right, left, on the counterattack, in the box, when you dominate, when you make counterattacks, in the headers.
“He is a fantastic striker. Everybody knows it. A blind guy realizes he is a good striker. It’s not necessary to be a manager to realize (that) about him.”
The match has come too early for Jadon Sancho, who is yet to recover from a thigh injury.
Dortmund’s interim coach Edin Terzic said at his pre-match press conference: “Jadon didn’t join the squad. He has stayed in Germany and is doing his rehab in Dortmund.
“He has been running for the last couple of days and we hope it will not be a long time (for him) to get back to team training but he won’t be available for the next week.”
Dortmund are fifth in the Bundesliga and failure to qualify for the Champions League next season could make it harder for them to retain their biggest names such as Sancho and Haaland.
Terzic said: “The future is hard to tell. We have seven games left to qualify for the Champions League. It is difficult now but it is still possible.
“We will try our best to make it possible and at the end of the season we will see what is going to happen.”
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