USMNT preview: 'Angry' Adams set to face Man City test; McKennie set to miss out

A look at some of the USMNT stars in Europe as the Champions League group stage gets underway.

USMNT star Tyler Adams will be looking to take his frustration out on Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The New Yorker skippered the US in their recent World Cup qualifiers and played in every single minute of their three games.

He was rested for RB Leipzig's 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich over the weekend after his exploits with the US in Honduras.

And he can't have been too happy with the defeat after revealing his anger at Bayern continually scooping up all the German talent.

Ahead of the home defeat to Bayern, Adams told The Athletic: "Nothing - nothing gets me more angry than the fact that all the German clubs just sell to (Bayern). Like, I can't. I can't. It boggles my mind, man."

'It really does suck'

Adams said he understood players wanting to better themselves, but the defeat cannot have sat well with the midfielder.

"It's only right. Those guys deserve to take that kind of step for their careers," he said. "But it just, it really does suck. There's no other way of putting it when they go to a rival.

"For me and my mentality and where I'm at, it's kind of bittersweet, but it's going to bring an even better feeling when we beat them."

Leipzig failed to do that. And in fact, they have started the Bundesliga season with three defeats and just one victory.

Hardly the type of form that inspires a trip to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Adams at least should return and he will relish the test against the likes of Jack GrealishRodriIlkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

McKennie nightmare

Weston McKennie has been in the news after getting sent home from international duty.

McKennie was dropped from the squad following "a violation of team policy". It's understood the 23-year-old broke Covid-19 protocols.

He returned to Italy and played in Juventus' 2-1 defeat to Napoli on Saturday, but he was far from impressive.

According to CBS, the midfielder touched the ball just 25 times in 72 minutes. Apparently, every midfielder who started touched the ball twice as much as McKennie.

So the Texas-born star may well see himself axed for Juve's Group H encounter with Malmo on Tuesday night.

Like McKennie, Juve have struggled so far this season and are yet to win in Serie A.

Malmo, who are halfway through their season, will relish their chance of toppling one of Europe's giants.

Pulisic injured

Christian Pulisic will miss Chelsea's Champions League date with Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday evening.

After picking up an ankle problem against Honduras, the 22-year-old missed Chelsea's 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

"Christian did not train with us today,' said Thomas Tuchel at his pre-match press conference.

'We said that we were looking for him to return after the international break and for him to have that period of 10 days of training and recovery before returning to the pitch. He's still in a state of recovery and individual training, so he is not ready just yet."

Chelsea though have an embarrassment of riches and even Mateo Kovacic was among the goals at the weekend.

Dest missing

Another USMNT star missing this midweek will be Sergino Dest.

Barcelona will have to do without the full-back against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

He has still has not recovered from the sprained ankle he picked up while away with the US.

Barca will have to be at their best to stop a Bayern side who steam-rollered Leipzig at the weekend.

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