Pep Guardiola to Dedicate Manchester City Community Shield Win to Michael Ballack’s Son Emilio

Published 08/07/2021, 11:10 AM EDT


Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola is currently preparing to face Leicester City in the final of the Community Shield today. The winners of the Premier League and the FA Cup contest in a one-off match for the Shield.

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Guardiola talked about the impending match in a press conference. Recently, Leicester City suffered a major loss when Wesley Fofana, their center-back, was injured against Villareal. In a show of respect, Guardiola wished him a quick recovery.

First of all, I want to send an incredible huge hug on behalf of Man City to Fofana, the player from Leicester who was unfortunately injured against Villareal. So we wish him a quick recovery,” Pep Guardiola said.

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However, the world of football suffered a tragedy as former footballer Michael Ballack’s son recently passed away. The 18-year-old suffered an accident when he was driving a quad-bike after 2 AM. Firefighters arrived on the scene, but they couldn’t save him.

The second one, I’m going to play tomorrow the final, the Community Shield to think about the son of Michael Ballack, Emilio Ballack. He was a friend of my family that we met when I was in Munich. He was an exceptional 18-year-old boy, incredibly well-educated, and unfortunately, he had a terrible accident in Portugal on the last day,” Guardiola said.

Michael Ballack never played under Pep Guardiola, but the German international was a legend for Bayern Munich. Guardiola managed Munich from 2013 to 2016 and met Ballack during that stint in Germany.

Pep Guardiola promises to win the final for Emilio Ballack

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While City has not won the competition yet, they’ll have the added motivation to do so now. At least Guardiola is planning to give his all for Ballack and dedicate the win to his son.

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On behalf of myself to Michael, his father, and the kids, I want to play the final as best as possible and we’ll try to win and dedicate it to him. This victory is for you Michael and your family. I’m so sorry,” Guardiola concluded.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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