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Manchester City vs Fluminense: Rodri injury impact in 4-0 victory

Manchester City crowned champions of the world after defeating Fluminense 4-0. Rodri's injury scare and Club World Cup format change discussed.

Manchester City emerged as the champions of the world on Friday night after a resounding 4-0 victory over Brazilian side Fluminense at the Club World Cup. The game saw a brilliant improvised finish from Julian Alvarez, who reacted to a rebound to score the opening goal for City. They then doubled their lead with an own goal from Fluminense's Nino, followed by a third goal from Phil Foden and a second goal from Alvarez to seal the game.

The absence of Rodri due to an ankle injury was a cause for concern for City, as they have lost all four matches without him this season. The hope is that his substitution was merely a precaution, and that he will be fit to face Everton next week.

The Club World Cup format has been a topic of discussion, with cultural differences in how the fixture is viewed and the danger of underestimating Fluminense's threat. Pep Guardiola's comments about not seeing much of Fluminense prior to the match drew criticism in Brazil, highlighting the differences in how the competition is perceived in different regions.

The fast start from City against Fluminense demonstrated their determination to avoid complacency, despite expectations of a dip in performance after their previous run of poor results. Their aggressive approach from the start of the game showed their awareness of the Brazilians' threat and their desire to maintain their winning momentum.

City's players will have little time to rest as they prepare to face Everton in the Premier League just days after their Club World Cup victory. With a strong record against Everton in recent games, City will be looking to continue their winning streak as they return to domestic competition.

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