Joshua Kimmich: We know we are favourites against Al Ahly

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Bayern Munich player, Joshua Kimmich, said that they’re aware that they are favorites against Al Ahly and says they have no excuses to lose.

As European champions, Bayern Munich have qualified to the Club World Cup’s semi-finals where they will face Egypt’s Al Ahly.

The Red Devils had to overcome Qatari champions Al-Duhail SC in a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to Hussein El-Shahat goal.

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24 hours before the encounter, Kimmich commented on the anticipated encounter and said it’s their chance to create history. While claiming to know Al Ahly very well.

“We are very happy to have a chance to participate in the Club World Cup and to have the opportunity to win this title,” he said during the pre-match press conference.

“First, we will go to the semi-finals, which we are playing knowing that we are favorites to win.

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“We know that Al Ahly is a strong team, they are the Bayern Munich of Egypt, and they have played many games without losing.

“But the UEFA Champions League winners are always the favorites to win the tournament, and we want to confirm this,” he added.

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Kimmich then discussed how the seven-hour plane delay will affect the team’s preparation.

“Of course what happened was below par. We arrived late at noon yesterday evening. We planned to train on Saturday, and it did not happen of course,” he explained.

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Photo: Bayern Munich

“We had a recovery training this morning, and despite that we must be able to train in order to win the match. So everyone who was on the plane had the opportunity to prepare, so we will go into tomorrow’s match ready.

“I usually say that I like to play in No. 6, but I play wherever the team needs me, and you saw that in the Champions League final.

“Of course I feel happy when Rummenigge praises me. Also, the two matches we will play in the World Cup will be good.

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Photo: FC Bayern Munich

“The atmosphere in the team is good, we improved recently and won 5 games in a row. But we know we have to play better in order to win the Club World Cup,” he continued.

“This is a very big opportunity. We can write history. We are very motivated. We will go to the semi-finals and then see what comes next.

“The rest period during the winter was short but we were able to regain our energy. We have a very good group of players.

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(Photo by A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern)

“It is important for us to have as many players as possible in anticipation of anything. Having ​​an excuse such as having played too many matches does not matter.

“We have the basic conditions for us to perform well in the tournament,” he concluded.

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