Guardiola reacts to Man City’s first participation in the Club World Cup

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said it is an honour to participate in the fifth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia.

This marks the first time City will participate in the competition, and Pep Guardiola’s side will kick off the competition at the semi-final stage against Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds in Jeddah Saudi Arabia.

Addressing the media at his pre-match press conference at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium, the City boss spoke of his happiness and excitement at taking part in the showpiece event

He said: “It’s Manchester City’s first time here and it is a pleasure to be here – an honour.

“We take it as a privilege, it’s an honour to be here. To be sitting here and play tomorrow means you have done something exceptional in the past. We have to take it, play a game tomorrow and deserve to be in the final.

“We know how hard it is to win this appear on UCL draw special competition and you have to have done something special in the past, but we wanted to win against Crystal Palace.

“In the Premier League you have another game in three days, here it may be another lifetime. It’s difficult to win here and the players know this. That’s why we want to play well tomorrow.

“But to play the final we know we have to play this first final, play well to get it.”