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DohaBayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich, before facing Al-Ahly on Monday in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup in Doha, considered that the advantage of the Bavarian team lies in its “mental strength and quality.”
De Rutten will be able to achieve a historic Grand Slam, if he adds a sixth title after his coronation in the European Champions League, European Super League, League Championship, German Cup and Domestic Super.
Kimmish, who is playing the match at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium (Al Rayyan) on his 26th birthday, told the FIFA website, “Our main strengths are mentality and quality. Two important elements and we have them. We have a strong mentality in our squad.”
“We always want to win, even when we don’t play well. You can note that we always want to win matches. Everyone knows we have the quality. It doesn’t matter who we face, there is always a global player among the 11 startups,” continued the player who can hold several positions in defense and midfield. This is our strength. ”
And to Kimmisch, the representative of Europe appears to be a strong candidate to win the title again after 2013, with stars such as Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, the best player in the world by the FIFA vote in 2020, the giant goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, or the French Kingsley Coman.
Kimmish added that the most prominent moment of his season was “crowning the Champions League at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain (French),” while he considered running the Club World Cup “special because you face clubs from far away. This is interesting because you do not always get similar opportunities.”
The winner will meet Bayern and Al-Ahly, the African champion, on Monday, with the finalist from the match between Brazilian Palmeiras, South American champion, and Tigress of Mexico, CONCACAF champion, who defeated South Korean champions Ulsan Hyundai, the South Korean champion, 2-1 on Thursday.
– “You will be turned upside down” –
Al-Ahly defeated Al-Duhail, the Qatari host, with the goal of Hussein Al-Shahat from a long shot.
“We have nothing to lose against a team the size of Bayern. Rather, I think there are a lot of gains that will come from facing the European champions,” South African coach Pitso Mosimane said of facing Bayern.
The coach who supervised Mamelodi Sundowns in the tournament added: “For a moment, please, imagine if we beat Bayern (smiling), and then” I think our life will be turned upside down. ”
“It is true that we are the African champions and we have achieved many victories, but we will face a gigantic team. We will try to focus on the penalties,” said the former international player who replaced the Swiss Rene Fyler, who abruptly resigned. “I say this jokingly, of course.”
Al-Ahly blatantly dominates the Egyptian League with 42 titles and the CAF Champions League, with a record nine-time victory, but most of its six appearances in the Club World Cup came shy and farewell from the first round.
And his participation in 2006 with the generation of former star Mohamed Abu Trika is the most prominent, when he came third, losing to Brazil’s Internacional 1-2, who later won the title at the expense of Barcelona.
And to his bronze in the 2006 version, Al-Ahly reached the semi-finals of 2012, where he bowed out by losing 1-0 to Corinthians, who later won the title, while the Cairo team finished fourth behind Monterrey of Mexico.
Musimani concluded, “Of course we will intensify our defenses. What I am sure is that we will do our best, and I think that the pressure is on them more, as they are those who are called to win.”
Al-Ahly dreams of repeating the Democratic Congolese achievement of Mazembe in the summer of 2010, Moroccan Raja Casablanca and the summer of 2013, the only two qualifiers from Africa to the final.
– “He will crack the code” –
As for Ayman Ashraf, the best player in the Al-Duhail match, he said, “We will celebrate today with victory, and then we will start preparing for a giant team the size of Bayern Munich. The preparation will definitely be very special, and things will be different, of course.”
“We will be ready to face Bayern Munich. The truth is that we did not think about the next match, so all our focus was on overcoming Al-Duhail, and now we will seek an honorable appearance in front of the European champion,” said Mohamed El-Shenawy, goalkeeper and captain of Al-Ahly.
After scoring a goal that was canceled after resorting to the video assistant judgment, “VAR”, Congolese Democratic Walter Bwalya, 25, wants to open his counter with the Cairo club.
His coach Mosimane said, “He was strong in attack, we had to change him in the second half due to the psychological pressure and physical fatigue that the players suffer in such matches … he is a good striker and his mission is to score goals, and he is sure that he will think of the code soon.”