The Club World Cup final presents an opportunity for the history book to be written for Manchester City. For Pep Guardiola, the book needs to be rewritten, having won the cup on different occasions in his career.
Despite being one of the most successful clubs in recent years, Manchester City are yet to take part in the Club World Cup final. Therefore, Friday’s clash with Fluminense would be an opportunity to write the name of the club in the history book. They will be among the few English clubs to have the inter-continental trophy in their cabinets.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola would appear in the final of the competition for the fourth time in his managerial career. He won the cup for Barcelona on two occasions and won the cup for Bayern Munich in his first season in Germany.
Therefore, playing in the Club World Cup final and eventually being crowned the champions has become part of his journey and a victory for Manchester City against Fluminense would make him the only Manager to have the trophy on four occasions. He would also become the first Coach to claim the club with the football club he has managed.
Fernando Diniz and his boys would do everything to prevent the citizens and Guardiola from making history. The Brazilian team would be eager to add the trophy to their cabinet and cause havoc for the European Champions.
“The players know how important it is for Manchester City. To be in this final you have to do incredible things, win the UEFA Champions League. This may be the only time we play this in our lifetime. Tomorrow we start to watch Fluminense and try to do a good performance,” Pep Guardiola said ahead of the match.
He added that “the pitch condition was not really good” in their match against Urawa Red, but they “know how that business works.”
Erling Haaland, De Bruyne, and Doku were ruled out of Club World Cup final
Another major blow for Pep Guardiola’s side is the unavailability of his key men as the contest came too soon for Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian had only played just 26 minutes for the Sky Blues this season. Also, his national teammate, Jeremy Doku would be unbelievable as he continues his recovery from injury.
Erling Haaland who has been incredible for the Cityzens since he joined them from Borussia Dortmund. He, however, would be fit enough to participate in another final as he also continues his recovery from what Guardiola described as ‘stress’.