Manchester City will look to put their domestic streak behind them when they take on Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds in the semi-finals of the 2023 Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
City have won one of their last six league games and have dropped five points back in the Premier League title race to fourth, a point ahead of Tottenham. They now have a chance to win continental silverware in the final edition of the Club World Cup in its current format.
Manager Pep Guardiola was without Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland through injury, but the bigger damage was caused by defensive problems as he failed to keep a single clean sheet in any game since knocking out BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League group stage. early November.
Urawa Red Diamonds finished fourth in the last J1 League season and have already been knocked out of the AFC Champions League as the competition’s defending champions. They beat Club Leon 1-0 in the previous round to reach this stage, an impressive victory over the North American continental champions.
Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland took their seats on City’s plane to Saudi Arabia, despite neither featuring in the Premier League draw with Palace earlier in the day. De Bruyne has not featured in a competitive City environment since seriously injuring his hamstring in August but has been included in the 23-man squad.
Haaland has a nagging foot problem that has ruled him out for two games. To speed up his recovery, City’s top goalscorer was treated by biomechanics expert John Haddad, nicknamed the ‘Miracle Man’.
Jeremy Doku may not require divine intervention to recover from a minor paralysis problem, but the winger is a doubt for Tuesday’s game.
Urawa Red Diamonds lineup (4-2-3-1):
Nishikawa; Sakai, Scholz, Hoibraten, Ogiwara; Iwao, Ito; Schalk, Yasui, Koizumi; Kante.
Man City lineup (4-2-3-1):
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Gvardiol; Kovacic, Rodri; Silva, Foden, Grealish; Alvarez.
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