Phil Foden believes the Club World Cup could provide a much-needed boost for a slumping Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side eventually found their footing in Manchester City’s first ever FIFA Club World Cup clash, beating Asian champions Urawa Red Diamonds by a convincing scoreline of 3-0.
But the deserved win comes in the midst of a tumultuous time on the home-front for the Etihad outfit, having dropped points in four of their last five Premier League clashes, seeing the Blues lose ground in the Premier League title race.
After 17 games, the Etihad outfit sit in fourth place, five points off of first. The tournament in Saudi Arabia could prove to be a good source of much-needed momentum however, and City starlet Phil Foden is hopeful of that very theory.
“It was good to get back to winning ways” Foden said. “The game on Tuesday [vs Urawa Red Diamonds] reminded me of how we used to play.
“The control was there. I think we need to do a longer build up, keep the ball, take our chances.”
“I thought we did that in the second half on Tuesday when they got tired, and spaces opened up. We just want to keep going now.”
Turning attention to the final, City will square off with Copa Libertadores winners Fluminense as the Premier League side look to lock up their first ever Club World Cup triumph. The Brazilian outfit knocked off Egyptian club Al Ahly in the other semi-final.
Pep Guardiola’s men will quickly have shift focus back towards domestic proceedings after wrapping up the tournament in Saudi Arabia however, as they square off with Everton on as they look to begin chasing down league leaders Arsenal.
Should they dig themselves out of their current hole, the Blues could be in pole position to win a record-breaking fourth straight Premier League title.
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