Manchester City to screen derby match against Chelsea in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 28th November, 2016 (WAM) — Hundreds of fans will gather at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, at the official Manchester City Fanzone event on Saturday to watch the match between Manchester City against Chelsea, which kicks-off at 4.30pm.

The match is one of English football’s most important games as both sides compete for the Premier League title.

Manchester City FC manager Pep Guardiola spoke about the passion of the UAE fans as they prepare to come together for a special big match screening in Abu Dhabi. “I have had the pleasure to visit Abu Dhabi to enjoy the wonderful hospitality and share the people’s incredible passion for football,” he said.

“The great thing about football is that it is a universal language. It can bring people together. The excitement and interest around the game in the region are not different to anywhere else. Standards are constantly rising in the Middle East and the fans are knowledgeable and respectful. I always enjoy my time there,” Guardiola added.

“Since joining the club, I have had a fantastic reception from everyone; the fans, the staff and the players have been amazing, and it is clear that everyone here is working hard for success. The facilities are great and I am enjoying this season for sure,” he said.

The Manchester City FC Sky Blue Fanzone event, to be held on pitch 15 close to the tennis stadium, is a family event, with refreshments available throughout and competitions for all to take part in.

It is part of a series of supporter events that the club has held in the UAE during the past few years, and the fans came together to watch the team win two English Premier League titles.

The club also runs City Football Schools for young players at various locations in Abu Dhabi, with help from coaches who have been involved at the Etihad Campus in Manchester.