How can Manchester City anticipate Fluminense to perform?

Like Manchester City, Fluminense, who will be competing against Manchester City on Friday, will be competing in their very first Club World Cup final.

The Brazilian team won the Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history, which allowed them to qualify for the competition. They also secured their spot in the final by defeating the Egyptian team Al Ahly by a score of 2-0.

According to Pep Guardiola, the style of play that Fluminense employs is one that "we have never faced." Fernando Diniz's team prefers to play out from the back.

Marcelo, a former left defender for Real Madrid, is currently a member of the Fluminense team, along with other significant players working at both ends of the field.

There is a wealth of experience behind them. Felipe Melo, a former Inter Milan defender, and goalkeeper Fabio, both of whom are in their 40s, were dominant in Monday's semi-final. Melo made six saves to keep the scoreless.

Jhon Arias, who is a regular in BBC Sport's daily gossip piece due to his ties to mid-table Premier League clubs, was their offensive standout in last year's Copa Libertadores victory.

Arias is a Colombian international player who is 26 years old. He is known for hugging the right touchline, but he actually packs a punch off his right foot. Arias has scored in each of his last three games.

While he is not nearly as dangerous as he was when he was 35 years old, his speed and superb pushing will make him a player that City will want to keep an eye on. He scored 44 goals in 69 appearances for Fluminense during the 2021-22 season.

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