Ahli boss unconcerned by Bayern

الأحد، 08 ديسمبر 2013 - 17:40

كتب : وكالات

Ahli manager Mohamed Youssef believes there is no point of thinking about a potential Club World Cup meeting with European masters Bayern Munich.

Set for a record fifth time, Africa champions Ahli will open their CWC campaign against China’s Guangzhou Evergrande, with fans relishing a possible showdown with Bayern in Morocco.

“I disagree with whoever is talking about a game against Bayern Munich, such thoughts are unrealistic,” Youssef told FIFA.com.

“Anyone who understands football well must realize that the most important game is the opening one against Evergrande.

“Our Chinese opponents are strong. They won the domestic league and the Asian Cup, their squad boasts three excellent foreigners, two Brazilians and an Argentinean player, and they have seven players who are members of China's national team.

“I’m not setting targets, I’m only focused on our game against Evergrande, which I consider the key to this tournament.

“If we pass that test, then we will have a chance to compete for the third place. If we don’t, there simply won’t be a third-place playoff.

“If we either want to face Bayern or compete for the third then our game against Evergrande is the key. For us, this tournament simply means beating Evergrande in the first game.”

Arab advantage

Youssef hopes that playing on Moroccan soil would help his side, who played all of their last four CWC finals in a freezing climate in Japan.

“Theoretically, playing in Morocco gives us an advantage. First, it’s an Arab country, so the fans there will support us,” the former Egypt international added.

“The weather is also pretty much similar to Egypt’s, so such factors could favor us.”