Following tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium Manchester City will head to Saudi Arabia to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. It will be the club’s first appearance in the prestigious competition and an opportunity they’re determined to seize.
Their debut in the tournament has been the stage that Manchester City have longed to be on. To qualify for the tournament Pep Guardiola’s side had to conquer Europe and they did that last season. City will head to Saudi Arabia as European champions. After a decade-long chase they finally won European club footballs most prestigious crow.
With last season’s Champions League success, it sets the stage for City to try and bring home the FIFA Club World Cup. Midfielder Phil Foden spoke with Chris Bailey of the National News and told the reporter of his and his side’s determination to win the competition. Foden said: “The Fifa Club World Cup is a new experience. We want to win it. It’s all about making history; we want to add the competition to the list. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Manchester City captain Kyle Walker told talkSPORT that his side were keen to bring home a trophy they haven’t won. He said: “To come here and do what I’ve done at Manchester City has been incredible. But there’s one that we haven’t got and we’ve got to go to Saudi after Crystal Palace and win the Club World Cup.”
If Manchester City bring home the FIFA Club World Cup it will cap off a remarkable 2023 for the club. First they must focus on Crystal Palace tomorrow in Premier League action but something special looms around the corner for Pep Guardiola’s side.