The Premier League champions will meet last season’s FA Cup winners in the traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium on August 7.

It will be Manchester City’s fourth Community Shield outing since 2011, with Pep Guardiola having already won the trophy in 2019, when the Blues beat Liverpool on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation.

The coronavirus pandemic means Manchester City fans have only had the opportunity to see the Blues play three times since March 2020 – the Carabao Cup final, the final day of the Premier League season, and the Champions League final in Portugal.

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However, as supporters prepare to return to football stadiums for the new campaign, in line with the UK government’s latest lift of coronavirus restrictions, talkSPORT reports this approval was granted for a crowd of 100% capacity on August 7.

Wembley Stadium hosted eight matches at this summer’s European Championships, including semi-finals and the final at 75% capacity.

The 100% increase in the capacity of the national stadium, reported by Jason Bourne of talkSPORT Friday will mean Manchester City and Leicester will be the country’s first competitive football game to be played at 100% capacity since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pep Guardiola is unlikely to have a full squad to choose from for the game, much of his first team is expected to be unavailable for the game in two weeks time.

The Community Shield will be Manchester City’s second and last game before they begin their Premier League title defense against Spurs in three weeks, with the Blues hosting Preston North End at the Academy Stadium on Tuesday night, for their first and second unique friendly match.

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