Rodri urges Man City players to shake off ‘bad feeling’ with historic fifth Club World Cup title in 2023

Rodri urges Man City players to shake off

Manchester City reached the Club World Cup final with victory over Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday. The Treble winners are now just one game away from claiming a fifth trophy of the season and Rodri says the opportunity has come at a good time after a “bad feeling in the changing room” due to their recent poor form. City face Fluminense on Friday, live on TNT Sports.

Rodri says the chance to make history by claiming a fifth Club World Cup title in 2023 comes at a good time for Manchester City, after a difficult spell that “left a bad feeling in the changing rooms”.
City beat Asian champions Urawa Red Diamonds 3-0 on Tuesday to book a place in Friday’s final in Saudi Arabia, live on TNT Sports.
They will face Copa Libertadores holders Fluminense, who defeated Egypt’s Al Ahly, for the trophy in Jeddah and can end the year with a fifth piece of silverware.

Pep Guardiola’s side won a historic Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble in 2022-23 and followed that up by winning the UEFA Super Cup earlier this season.
“We have a big opportunity to win an incredible trophy,” Rodri said.
“We are in the finals. This was difficult. Let’s try our best to win it. We have to give our best to try to win everything because this will be history. If we finish with five titles it will be an amazing run.”
City have struggled to recreate their domestic dominance this season and went into the Middle East after squandering a two-goal lead at home to a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It was the latest in a series of disappointing results for the champions, who have won just one of their last six league games and drop to fourth in the table, five points behind leaders Arsenal.
According to Rodri, the chance to compete for silverware at the Club World Cup comes at a good time for players who have underperformed

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“[The last few games] left a very bad feeling for us in the changing room, so I think it was good for us to stop for a bit and then come here to the [Club] World Cup,” said the Spaniard.
“When you’re in that moment you’re in a mixture of feeling like you’ve failed and the points are falling: sometimes you deserve it, sometimes you don’t deserve it.
“This is a time when you can’t say much, you have to stay calm, work as hard as you can and results will come.”
City will face Fluminense without star duo Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, with Guardiola confirming he will miss the game through injury.
Guardiola said, “Kevin started training yesterday and tomorrow he will train with us, it has been three months [he has missed].” “[He’s] getting better. Erling still can’t train.”
City boss King Abdullah was also unhappy with the condition of the playing surface at Sports City, where they played their semi-final and which will host Friday’s final.
“To be honest, the pitch condition was not really good, but we know how it works,” he said.

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“We will adapt, I would have liked a better pitch for both teams. The biggest organization in football should take care of the conditions of the players. We’re going to play on that.”
How to watch the Club World Cup on TNT Sports and Discovery+
All seven matches of the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup will be live on TNT Sports, with ad-free coverage available on Discovery+.

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