Guardiola: I’ve never faced this kind of team in my life

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Ahead of this evening’s Club World Cup final, Pep Guardiola has hailed Fluminense.

Man City will be up against Brazil and South American champions, Fluminense, and Guardiola admits he hasn’t faced such a team in his career.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s final, Guardiola told reporters: “We have to be resilient because of the way they play – they will demand a lot of effort – and try to be aware and precise with the ball.

“The way they play, we’ve never faced, never. We will have to impose our rhythm and our positional game as best as possible and do a good performance, because we know without a good performance and being resilient in the bad moments it will be so difficult to win the final.Speaking ahead of Friday’s final – which is live on TNT Sports – Guardiola told reporters: “We have to be resilient because of the way they play – they will demand a lot of effort – and try to be aware and precise with the ball.

“The way they play, we’ve never faced, never. We will have to impose our rhythm and our positional game as best as possible and do a good performance, because we know without a good performance and being resilient in the bad moments it will be so difficult to win the final.”

“I love it. I love the build-up. I love how they associate between each other, the respect [they have] all of the time for the ball,” Guardiola continued.

“I know perfectly the team we are going to play and I have huge respect for the essence of Brazilian football.

“When I was a little boy, not even a teenager, I listened to my dad or my people [talk about] the way that Brazil had success with all previous generations. I saw it for many, many years.”