We know Al Ahly, says Neuer ahead of Club World Cup

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We know Al Ahly, says Neuer ahead of Club World Cup

- Yasmine El Tohamy - Bayern Munich skipper Manuel Neuer has acknowledged African champions Al Ahly ahead of their potential clash in the Club World Cup.

The Red Devils have qualified for the Club World Cup after beating arch-rivals Zamalek in the CAF Champions League final.

They will face hosts Al-Duhail on February 4 in the second round of the tournament, with the winner set to face European champions Bayern Munich.

And ahead of the tournament, Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer was asked about his ambitions of the tournament and their opening game against either Al-Duhail or Al Ahly.

The 34-year-old had lifted the title back in 2013 after beating Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca in the final.

“I am looking forward to the Club World Cup because we have already lifted the title before,” Neuer told FIFA.com

“It was just before Christmas, which made the coronation a wonderful end of that year. 

“We now have the opportunity to play two play games in Qatar, and we have a great desire to win the sixth title.

“I have very positive memories of winning the title. It wasn’t easy matches, and we had to work hard, especially in the final. 

“The relief was great afterwards. We had a lot of fun after the match,” he added.

Al Ahly

Asked about their opening game, Neuer said: “We are now completely focused on the Bundesliga, but we will prepare for the match in due time. 

“We know Al Ahly; they are the winner of the CAF Champions League so it may be a difficult task. 

“It was tough in 2013 as well. It’s not easy to play against teams you don’t know much about,” The German concluded.

Neuer had faced Al Ahly once in a friendly back in 2012, the game which the Bavarians won 2-1, with Mohamed Barakat scoring the Reds’ only goal in Neuer’s net.

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