The experienced Marcelo dreams of the fifth world title in his successful career

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As a result of so many repressions, Fluminense came to Saudi Arabia, the seat of the Club World Cup. What can you expect from Tricolor, the current Libertadores champion, in this competition? I know that in the semi-finals they have to defeat their opponents, the Arab Al-Ittihad or the Egyptian Al-Ahly. This traditional African club lost to Real Madrid in the semi-finals, and lost to Flamengo 4-2 in the third-place match.

At the very least, flu fans want the Rio team to qualify for the final against Manchester City and show strength in their defensive and offensive system with this eventual decision. However, the semi-final stage will be complicated. If they face Al-Ittihad, it will be a coincidence that Flamengo will be eliminated by Al-Hilal in February this year. Al-Ittihad is also from Saudi Arabia, has a fast Brazilian striker and an Argentine coach. The South American champion's likely opponent is Romarinho, who poses a threat on the right side, with Marcelo Gallardo leading the team. At the Al Hilal Stadium in the last edition, Michael was on the front line and the coach was Ramón Diáz, who saved Vasco from relegation in the Brasileirão.

Calm down, tricolor. I'm not rooting for dear Flu Dinizista. On the contrary. Fluminense is Brazil in the World Cup.

How does Al-Ittihad arrive?

The Saudi Arabian club has a midfield backbone with a very good quartet: midfielders Fabinho, a Fluminense silver medalist and former Liverpool player, and Kanté, a former Chelsea player, with more attacking presence, as well as top strikers such as Romarinho, a former Corinthians player and super Benzema's scorer. It also has goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, Libertadores champion with Grêmio in 2017.



Benzema is an experienced goalscorer and star of Al Ittihad;  The Frenchman's partner in attack is Romarinho, a former Corinthians player

Benzema is an experienced goalscorer and star of Al Ittihad; The Frenchman's partner in attack is Romarinho, a former Corinthians player

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Time base:

Marcelo Grohe, Shanqeeti, Hegazy, Kadesh and Zakaria Hawsawi; Fabinho, Kanté and Al-Ghamdi; Romarinho, Benzema and Igor Coronado

Coach: Marcelo Gallardo

What about Al-Ahly?

The Egyptian club is the current African champion. He was fourth in the last edition of the World Cup.

Time base:

El-Shenawi, Mohamed Hany, Yasser Ibrahim (Adelmonem), Rami Rabia and Ali Maâloul (Karim Fouad); Dieng, Imam Ashour and Marwan Attia; El Shahat (Afsha), Percy Tau and Kahraba (El Debes)

Technician: Marcel Koller

Oh Manchester City?

The Citizens are not experiencing the best moments of Guardiola's great era, at least in the Premier League. In the last five matches in this competition, Manchester City have drawn three, lost one and won only one. Before they beat lowly Luton Town 2-1 and turned around, the reigning Champions League champions had gone four rounds without a win in the English Championship.

He didn't have a good time against Aston Villa when the three-time English champions were neutralized, lost and – as unbelievable as it may seem – only scored twice in the entire match. In this match, Aston Villa broke the record against Pep's City and crushed the owner of last year's Triple Crown with 13 dangerous shots in the first half. Something unacceptable when Guardiola is the coach.

In the Champions League, the phase is completely different. The British team is 100% successful and has scored three goals in each of the six rounds. 18 goals in total. What terrifies coaches and fans in the Premier League and Champions League is the number of goals conceded by the defense.

At the premiere, he conceded ten goals in the last five matches. In this more complicated trip, they drew 4-4 with Chelsea. In the classic against Liverpool 1 to 1. In the match against Tottenham 3 to 3. In the Champions League they won seven in six rounds.



Pep Guardiola worries about the absences of super goalscorer Erling Haaland and speedy winger Jérémy Doku

Pep Guardiola worries about the absences of super goalscorer Erling Haaland and speedy winger Jérémy Doku

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Watch the latest Manchester City matches:

12/11 – 4 a 4 com Chelsea (Premier League)

25/11 – 1v1 against Liverpool (Premier League)

28/11 – 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig (Champions League)

3/12 – 3 to 3 to Tottenham (Premier League)

6/2 – Defeated 1-0 by Aston Villa. City only had two shots on target. (Premier League)

12/10 – Back to victory over Luton Town 2-1 (Premier League)

13/12 – Manchester City defeats Estrela Vermelha 3-2 away (Champions League)

English medical department

Three people have died in “The Citizens” so far. Number 9, Norwegian center forward Erling Haaland and new signing, left winger Jérémy Doku. Haaland is struggling with a foot injury after scoring 14 goals and providing four assists in 15 games. He hasn't scored in four rounds, but his average is 0.93 per game.

Belgians Kevin de Bruyne and Jérémy Doku will also not play. All in the medical ward. Bruyne suffered partial damage to his right thigh muscle, which required surgery and is expected to miss the World Cup. The quick and talented Doku suffered a muscle injury at an undisclosed location, but may be present in the semi-final or final of the biggest international competition. The Stones midfielder returned against Luton Town.

City will face Crystal Palace on Saturday, three days before the Club World Cup semi-final, and Haaland remains uncertain. The team led by the positional Guardiola must win to continue chasing new leaders Liverpool, who have 37 points, and currently second-placed Arsenal, with 36. In third place is tormentors Aston Villa, who have 35 points. fourth place, the three-time English champion has 33 so far.

Manchester City's starting lineup without Kevin de Bruyne, Jérémy Doku and Erling Haaland:

Ederson, Walker, Rubén Dias, Stones (Akanji) and Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Bernardo Silva, Foden and Grealish; Julian Alvarez

Basic squad with Jérémy Doku and Haaland:

Ederson, Walker, Reuben Dias, Stones (Akanji); Rodri, Bernard Silva; Foden, Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku; Haaland

In the next chapter, I will write about the strengths and weaknesses of the current Libertadores champion, Fluminense.

Big hugs from the players and internationals.



Fluminense players and technical committee members arrive in Saudi Arabia in style

Fluminense players and technical committee members arrive in Saudi Arabia in style

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