Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 09:17 IST

'Im so...': Pep Guardiola lauds Manchester City's hunger in Club World Cup triumph over Fluminense

The Spanish star manager of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has made a huge statement about his team and their mentality after winning the Club World Cup.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Manchester City
Manchester City's Kyle Walker, center, lifts the trophy at the end of the Soccer Club World Cup final match between Manchester City FC and Fluminense FC at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia | Image: AP

Manchester City is arguably the best football club in the world right now; their trophy cabinet and recent triumphs speak for themselves. The Pep Guardiola-managed side won the FIFA Club World Cup 2023 on Friday after defeating the Brazilian giants, Fluminense, 4-0. A brace from Julian Alvarez, an own goal from Nino, and a goal from Phil Foden made Manchester City the World Champions.

3 things you need to know 

  •  Manchester City beat Fluminense in the FIFA Club World Cup final by 4-0 
  • Julián Álvarez  scored at the  1', 88' minute of the game 
  • An own goal from Nino at 27' minutes helped City take the lead, and Phil Foden found the net in 72' minute

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Pep Guardiola is proud of the hunger shown by his players 

Showing off their footballing ability, Manchester City defeated Fluminense 4-0 in the Club World Cup Final on Friday, December 22, 2023, to win their fifth trophy of the year. With this win, they added even more hardware to their already impressive season collection and made history by being the first English side to win the FIFA Club World Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup all at the same time.


The driving force behind Manchester City's success, Pep Guardiola, has expressed great delight in the team's outstanding achievements. Speaking to the journalists after the match, Pep Guardiola said, 

"I am so proud of this Club. What we have done is an outstanding achievement," 

"To win this trophy is to be the best team in the world. As a manager, it is what I am most proud of, that we are always there. No matter how much we win, no matter what trophies we lift, we are there again to fight for the next one," 

In the end, Julian Alvarez put on a fantastic display, scoring twice to stop Fluminense from getting any momentum. But in the midst of the festivities, there was a brief cause for concern when one of the City’s main midfielders Rodri looked to suffer a serious knee injury, which put a dampener on the otherwise joyous event.

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Pep Guardiola on Manchester City’s players mentality 

When Manchester City defeated Inter Milan in the Champions League Final to win all three titles earlier in the year, they had already created a lot of buzz. The team's continued pursuit of excellence is further evidenced by its triumphs in the Super Cup and now the Club World Cup.

Guardiola said, reminiscing on this exceptional time,


"To win the treble was truly special, but to win two more trophies and now hold these five major titles shows the unique mentality of this team, of the club and its fans. It is something no other English team has ever achieved and we will always remember this incredible time we spent together."



Published December 23rd, 2023 at 09:17 IST

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