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Al-Duhail defender, Mehdi Benatia, talked about their highly-awaited encounter against Al Ahly and potentially facing his former Bayern Munich teammates.
Al Ahly are set to face Al-Duhail in the opening game of the Club World Cup next Thursday, February 4th.
They will face Al-Duhail in the second round of the tournament, with the winner set to face European champions Bayern Munich.
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However, Morocco’s Mehdi Benatia said that they’re fully focused on the Al Ahly game for now.
“Facing Bayern Munich is undoubtedly our goal, but our main focus now is on facing Al Ahly on Thursday,” he told Staddoha.
“We have a great desire to win, but at the same time we know that we will face a strong and fierce team that has high quality players and a strong mentality.
“I know the mentality of the Egyptian players, and I know that they are fighters, so we must be fully prepared for this strong and difficult confrontation.
“Al Ahly is a great team that won many titles in Africa, which is not easy, of course, because I know African football very well.
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“Football is not about pedigree, it only recognizes your performance on the field. And in one match against Al Ahly everything is possible.
“We have a great desire to win and qualify, and we will be ready. We have a great chance to qualify, provided that we produce our best possible football and be ready for the for the encounter.
“Half of the Bayern players are my friends and facing them will be a very special event for me. But honestly, I only think about the Al Ahly match and the team as a whole thinks about the same thing.
“The opening game is our priority, and as I said we will fight to keep our chances. Our aim is to honor Qatari football in the tournament, and we hope to pass to the next round,” he concluded.
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