- Bayern Munich to enter 2020 FIFA Club World Cup ™ on 8 February
- Germany’s most successful club will face Al-Duhail winner – Al Ahly in semi-finals
- For coach Hansi Flick, the world title would be “the icing on the cake” after an exceptional season
Hans-Dieter Flick and Bayern Munich are now on the verge of a feat: a victory in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup ™ would see them become the second team to win six titles in the space of one. year, 12 years after FC Barcelona. However, the German technician does not intend to put pressure on himself.
“In a club like Bayern, winning is second nature; we are always looking to win as many competitions as possible. We have already achieved the treble and now we will return our attention to the Club World Cup. all very motivated by the idea of adding an additional line to our list. “
Germany’s most successful club will enter the tournament on February 8 against the winner of the quarter-final between Al-Duhail SC (Qatar), representative of the host country, and Al-Ahly SC (Egypt), winner of the League CAF champions.
Measuring against the best
To fulfill his objectives, Flick can count on an experienced squad: the captain and The Best – FIFA Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the former world champions Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng, as well as the Austrian David Alaba have already won the FIFA World Cup. Club World, in 2013. Coached by Pep Guardiola, the Bavarian club won 2-0 in the final against Raja de Casablanca.
“Everyone, including Hermann Gerland, who was already part of the technical team, told me they have fond memories of it,” said Flick. “Obviously, they had a lot of fun playing there. If, in addition, the victory is at the end, it’s even better. That’s what they experienced in 2013 and everyone wants that this group may have a similar experience this year. “
The FIFA Club World Cup is also an opportunity for a team like Bayern to rub shoulders with the best teams from other continents. An experience as rare as it is precious for Flick. “It’s a bit the same for the national teams. With the EURO or, in our case, the Champions League, we meet exclusively European teams. The South American, Asian or African teams have a different mentality” , explains the German technician. “On the one hand, there is the mentality and attitude of the players but, on the other hand, there is also another way of looking at football and developing its game on the pitch. I’m looking forward to it. analyze the different trends. I may find some sources of inspiration there. Anyway, these international competitions are always interesting and you can only improve by competing against the best teams in the world. “
A status to assume
As reigning European champions, Bayern appear in Qatar in a favorite role given the competition’s record: the last victory for a team from a continent other than Europe dates back to 2012 in Japan, when the Corinthians Brazilians won in the final against Chelsea. Since then, Bayern Munich (2013), Real Madrid (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), FC Barcelona (2015) and Liverpool (2019) have taken the top step of the podium.
In case of qualification for the final, the Germans would meet on February 11 at the Education City stadium. “We’re here to win. That’s our goal and our ambition,” admits Flick. “But before talking about his goals, we must first win on the field. We have a semi-final to play. If we want to go further, we will have to start by negotiating this part well. Then, we l “Hopefully, it will be time to think about the final. As always, the work comes first and secondly, we will see if we have the opportunity to reap the rewards,” he concludes.