Man City manager Pep Guardiola
Man City manager Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola wary of unique Fluminense test ahead of Club World Cup final

Pep Guardiola says that Fluminense will provide a challenge Manchester City “have never faced before” when they meet in the Fifa Club World Cup final. 

The Premier League outfit are aiming to win the tournament for the first time in their history on Friday, with kick off set for 6pm BST, after sweeping aside Urawa Red Diamonds in the semi-final.

“I know exactly the talent and the quality of Fluminense and what they can do. They have beaten teams from Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay,” Guardiola told the media in his pre-match press conference.

“They play a typical Brazilian style from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Lots of short passes, combining really good, but also physically demanding. We have to be aware how much they run behind the ball, and be resilient in [dealing with] that.

“The way they play demands a lot of effort [from us]. The way they play we have never faced before. They move a lot from side to side, so we have to impose our own rhythm and possession game as much as possible.”

Defensive midfielder Andre, who has been linked with several Premier League clubs, is the star of the Fluminense team.

The Brazilian outfit, which defeated Al Ahly to reach the decider, also have former Real Madrid full-back Marcelo and ex-Inter Milan defender Felipe Melo in their squad.
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