Liverpool vs. Manchester City: What Manuel Pellegrini Learned at Yankee Stadium

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Liverpool vs. Manchester City: What Manuel Pellegrini Learned at Yankee Stadium
Associated Press
Pellegrini takes Manhattan.

NEW YORK — Yankee Stadium is a strange place to watch Manchester City play football.

This enormous, sprawling progeny of the House that Ruth Built is marked at every turn with the iconic "N.Y." logo. It is on everything, including the grass behind the space where home plate can normally be found.

With the Yankees in Texas, though, the Guinness International Champions Cup came to the Bronx. Not surprisingly, with New York City FC's debut getting closer by the day, Manchester City were tabbed to play in New York.

So they drew the proper lines for a football pitch on a baseball field, and the goals were where they belonged. But the foul poles still towered over the bleachers in left and right fields.

And a black-and-white portrait of George Steinbrenner's face loomed over the center of the pitch like the wrath of an angry deity.

Doubt the viability of world football in the United States all you like. Over 60,000 fans turned out to FedEx Field to watch Manchester United. Yankee Stadium was remarkably full for Manchester City and Liverpool, and over 100,000 tickets have already been sold for United's visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Even if the American fans have to watch world football in a baseball stadium, they will do it.

Here are seven things Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini learned from this most recent Manchester City assault on the Big Apple, which ended in a 3-1 penalty-shootout loss to Liverpool after the sides drew 2-2 at full-time.

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