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‘Beautiful, beautiful day’ – Pep Guardiola reacts to Manchester City’s Club World Cup success after they beat Fluminense

Pep Guardiola expressed his delight after Manchester City thrashed Fluminense 4-0 on Friday to claim their first-ever Club World Cup title. 

It was a dominating display from the Citizens who took only 40 seconds to score the first goal, with Julian Alvarez chesting in from close range after Nathan Ake struck the post. 

City extended their advantage around the half-hour mark when Nino inadvertently turned Phil Foden’s cross into his own net. 

The 23-year-old midfielder got on the scoresheet himself in the second half, tapping home a cross from Alvarez. 

The Argentine then bagged his second with a clinical strike in the 88th minute as the Premier League champions sealed their fifth trophy of 2023. 

Pep Guardiola hailed his team’s beautiful achievement and insisted his players are hungry for more success. 

The Spanish manager said (per Mirror): “We got a lot of titles in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup, repeat of a lot of trophies. It’s unbelievable what we have done. Today we celebrate on the plane, tomorrow rest. 

“Then we will buy a new book and start to write beautiful histories. The players out there are still hungry and motivated. I’m really pleased for many people who have been in the club for many years. 

“It’s a beautiful, beautiful day, I could never think when we arrived in Manchester we could do this and finish with the World Cup.

“When I close the chapter, this is for eight years of incredible work behind the scenes. All the titles you can win – and we have done it.” 

Man City will now resume their Premier League campaign as they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton next week. 

Despite the Club World Cup success, the English giants have been struggling for form in the English top-flight. 

They have dropped down to fourth in the league standings after winning just one of their last six matches. 

City cannot afford any more slip-ups and must put together a winning run to remain in contention for the title. 

Arsenal and Liverpool have been excellent this season, and the two clubs will do everything to prevent them from winning their fourth successive league trophy.

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