Urawa Purple Diamonds v Manchester Metropolis: Membership World Cup semi-final – stay

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Urawa Purple Diamonds v Manchester Metropolis: Membership World Cup semi-final – stay

Key occasions

Nick Ames

The expectation is that Manchester Metropolis, assuming they shake off their home malaise and beat Urawa Purple Diamonds within the semi-final on Tuesday, will change into the competitors’s eleventh successive European winner. A lot of the subtext round this month’s occasion, although, has concerned the shifting of energy elsewhere.

A nice shot of King Abdullah Sports activities Metropolis Stadium, tonight’s venue. Positively not Bootham Crescent.

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Workforce information

4 modifications for Metropolis, with Stones, Akanji, Kovacic and Nunes coming into the beginning aspect. Phil Foden performs up prime on his personal with Grealish, Nunes and Silva behind. It smells of targets …

Urawa Reds: Nishikawa; Sekine, Scholz, Hoibraten, Akimoto, Ito, Iwao, Okubo, Yasui, Koizumi, Martinez. Substitutes: Niekawa, Yoshida, Sakai, Iwanami, Ogiwara, Ayumu, Nakajima, Shibato, Panya, Linssen, Schalk, Koroki.

Manchester Metropolis (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Ake, Akanji, Stones, Walker (capt.); Rodri, Kovacic; Grealish, Nunes, Bernardo Silva; Foden. Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Dias, Phillips, Alvarez, Gomez, Gvardiol, Bobb, Alleyne, Susoho, Lewis, Hamilton

Our #ClubWC line-up! 🩵

XI | Ederson, Walker (C), Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodrigo, Kovacic, Nunes, Bernardo, Grealish, Foden

SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Carson, Dias, Phillips, Alvarez, Gomez, Gvardiol, Bobb, Alleyne, Susoho, Lewis, Hamilton#ManCity pic.twitter.com/Dz7dupgSGn

— Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) December 19, 2023

Preamble

Manchester Metropolis received the lot final season – Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup – however turning into membership world champions in Saudi Arabia this week would full the total set following their all-conquering 2022-23 marketing campaign.

Underneath regular circumstances this semi-final in opposition to Urawa Purple Diamonds of Japan, who edged previous León of Mexico to succeed in this level, is a match Pep Guardiola’s aspect would strategy with cast-iron confidence. However Metropolis’s current type has been slightly lower than all-conquering and their Japanese opponents could fancy staging an upset in opposition to a aspect held to a draw by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Metropolis have received simply as soon as in six Premier League video games, have gone eight matches and not using a clear sheet following the 2-2 draw with Palace, and are after all with out Erling Haaland who’s recovering from a foot harm. Will this be a confidence-boosting stroll into Friday’s ultimate, the place Fluminense await, or an anxiety-inducing wrestle for Pep and his gamers? We’re about to seek out out.

Kick-off: 6pm GMT




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