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Pep Talk: “We have to impose our rhythm...”


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Urawa Reds v Manchester City FC: Semi-Final - FIFA Club World Cup Saudi Arabia 2023 Photo by Khalid Alhaj/MB Media/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola is ready to win the Club World Cup as we have his final presser before the match. He hit on a lot of topics, so let’s dive in:

Pep on CWC

“The players are ready and they know how important it is,”

“The pleasure is to have done it. We won the semi final. We try since the semi-final against Urawa to assess the quality that Fluminense have.

“I know exactly the talent and the quality of Fluminense and what they can do. They have beaten teams from Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay.

Pep on former players

“It was a lovely night to see Riyad here and for him to have dinner with us. It was cool,”

“Him, [Aymeric] Laporte, [Cole] Palmer, [Ilkay] Gundogan, they were an incredible part of the success we had for many years.

“Unfortunately he cannot attend the game because he has a game but we have incredible memories and he helped us a lot.

Pep on Flumi, event

“The experience they have with Marcelo, their keeper. They have five or six players over 37, that means they can control emotions. Cano is a striker that has goal in his head.

“They play typical Brazilian style of the 1970s, 80s and the early 90s like when Brazil won the World Cup in 1994.

“They play lots of ball, short passes, one v one, physicality. We have to be aware how much they will try to run behind.

“We have to be precise with the ball and accept they play the way we never face. It is not positional, they move a lot. The ball moves side to side.

“We have to impose our rhythm and do a good performance and be resilient in the bad moments.”

With so much at stake in such a prestigious event, emotion could also play a factor on the night.

That will do it, let’s hope for a nice win.