Bayern Munich will be confident of wining the Club World Cup. Reuters
Bayern Munich, the unstoppable European force, will look to add yet another trophy to their cabinet when they take on local side Raja Casablanca in the Club World Cup final on Saturday.
The European champions eased to the summit clash with a 3-0 win over Marcelo Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande earlier this week, and on paper there really looks like being only one winner.
But then Cup upsets are prevalent in football and if Bayern take their eye of the ball even for a split second, it could prove to be extremely costly, with Raja Casablanca, roared on by the home crowd in Morocco, likely to take advantage of the slightest chance.
"It's been an amazing season," Ballon d'Or nominee Franck Ribery told FIFA's official website. "We've done very well, but I always want to keep winning, that's my mentality. The pressure hasn't really let up -- we're always expected to win.
"We can't start to think it's going to be easy. We need to focus and take it seriously. They're a good Moroccan team."
Raja Casalblanca find themselves facing their biggest clash thanks to three straight wins against Auckland City, CF Monterrey and South American champions Atletico Mineiro, in the semifinals, and striker Mouhssine Iajour believes a monumental upset is definitely possible.
"There are always surprises in football, and when you're out on the pitch there's no such thing as a strong team or a weak team," Iajour said.
"We proved that against Monterrey, who have won several [CONCACAF] Champions Leagues, and then against the Brazilians, who were big favourites to beat us. Yet despite it all, it's Raja who are going to play the final. There's no such thing as logic. Even if you're the favourite, you have to go out on the pitch and prove it."
Casablanca manager Faouzi Benzarti echoed his striker's views, insisting the onus will be on Bayern to come away with a victory. "The players are very motivated at the prospect of playing another massive game against top-class rivals," he said. "Bayern are a legendary club with a philosophy of their own.
"We're not going to be intimidated though, and we'll be looking to make the most of our opportunities. The pressure is on them, not us. I hope we can conjure up a wonderful finale to this adventure and win the title."
Where to Watch Live
The game is scheduled for a 1am IST start with live coverage on both Sony Six channels in India. Viewers in the U.S. can catch all the action live online by clicking HERE. To watch the match in the Middle East and North Africa courtesy live streaming click HERE. FIFA.com will provide coverage and updates.
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