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Manchester City on Tour
Season 2010/11

US Tour: Micah's diary, Atlanta leg

  • 27 July 2010 17:21
  • Posted by Chris Bailey in Atlanta

The last two days have seen us move from New York to Atlanta and the move wasn’t without its dramas.

Before we left there was the second game of the Barclays Challenge against the Red Bulls which we unfortunately lost 2-1.

Having played 90 minutes in the opening game I wasn’t required for the match and watched it from a box with Shaun Wright-Phillips. It was a disappointing result but again it was a team from which a lot of experienced players were missing.

One of the best moments of the day was to meet up with Bulls’ coach Hans Backe again. He was really popular when he was at the club with Sven and we had a good chat.

We had a day off after that and I managed to get out and about a bit in the city. It really is an amazing place. The skyline is fantastic especially at night.

On Monday morning we trained in New Jersey before heading for the plane to take us to Atlanta. One of the advantages of being in the team and using a plane of our own is that we are able to drive on to the tarmac and do all the security checks on the tarmac.

However, just as we were meant to take off there was news of a huge storm in Atlanta and the surrounding area and we sat on the plane for more than three hours before we were taken off and headed for a local hotel and had a meal.

We eventually set off nearly seven hours late and I was glad we didn’t risk it, because I have been up in a plane – on the way to watch the 2006 World Cup – that went through a big storm and I thought I was going to die!

We arrived in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday and thankfully we have no training until the evening, when there is a session in the stadium that is open to the public.

Then we play Club America tomorrow night when we know that we have to step up our game. Hopefully I will make the starting eleven.

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