From the off, Pep Guardiola's starting formation for his City side was odd, with no holding player in the centre of the park and without a recognised striker.
As Jorge Valdano told Tomás Roncero a few years ago, when Real Madrid were running the risk of ending their Centenary year trophyless, writes Alfredo Relaño.
Real Madrid add another trophy to their list of honours after a comfortable win over Al Ain. A game they were expected to win on paper but given recent form it did see the side digging deep to secure the title.
Yesterday Solari summed up the competition Madrid will be vying for later on today perfectly, when they face Kashima - the same team that pushed them all the way two years ago.
Grêmio reached the final of the Club World Cup on Tuesday after defeating Pachuca, where the Brazilian side await either Real Madrid or their opponents Al-Jazira
I was initially sceptical but as time has passed, now have a more positive view on the Confederations Cup as a competition