Pitso Mosimane hoping for ‘Leicester City’ miracle against Bayern Munich

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Pitso Mosimane hoping for 'Leicester City' miracle against Bayern Munich
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Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane revealed his aim is to take Bayern Munich to penalties, saying he hopes to do a ‘Leicester City’ against the European Champions.

The Reds have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2020 Club World Cup after beating hosts Al Duhail 1-0, thanks to Hussein El-Shahat’s strike.

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In the 30th minute, Walter Bwalya stole the ball from Karim Boudiaf just outside the penalty area and passed it to Hussein El-Shahat, whose low-driven shot hit the back of the net.

The Reds now will face European champions Bayern Munich in an almost impossible task in the semi-finals of the tournament on Monday, February 8.

Pitso Mosimane hoping for 'Leicester City' miracle against Bayern Munich

In case Al Ahly cause a shock they will face either Brazil’s Palmeiras or UANL Tigers of Mexico. However, they will play the loser of the other encounter in the third-place playoff in the case of a defeat.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Pitso Mosimane said: “It would be nice to take Bayern to penalties.

“We should have fun I think. We have nothing to lose, everything to get. Imagine we win that match, our life will turn around.

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“Very difficult match to win. Big team, the champions, they’ve won their cup, they’ve won their league, they’ve won the Champions League. What else they haven’t won.

“OK we did the same in Africa, we won everything. The treble. But they are Bayern. Bayern has got pressure. They must beat us.

“We don’t have pressure. We must have fun. Maybe frustrate them a little bit. And see how it goes. It would be nice to take them to penalties. So it will be 50-50.

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“If that team can beat Barcelona with Lionel Messi on the pitch and they beat them 8-2, who are we?!

“I don’t know guys, what can you say? They’ve got all the great football players but you know how football is.

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“Sometimes, football’s got its own mysteries and you ask yourself what happened.

“You remember Leicester City won the league, the English Premier League. It might never happen again in our lifetime. But it has happened,” Pitso added.

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This is the third time Al Ahly have managed to reach the semi-finals of the Club World Cup, losing on both occasions before against Brazilian clubs Internacional and Corinthians.

It will also be the first time Al Ahly face Bayern Munich after meeting each other in a friendly back in 2012, with the Bavarian winning 2-1, the game which saw Mohamed Barakat scoring the Reds’ only goal.

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