Bayernswunsch:christmas as number one in the world

Bayernswunsch:christmas as number one in the world

Best in germany, best in europe – and also really the best in the world? FC bayern munchen wants to crown itself the absolute number one at the end of a year of superlatives.

The mission: after the triple and the european supercup, trophy number five has to be won on the unusual expedition to morocco. "Our team will certainly put everything into it to win this title as well," promised chairman karl-heinz rummenigge. For bayern president uli hoeneb, another success after the many trophies and title parties was a "trend" fit. A win for the insatiable bayern against chinese champions guangzhou evergrande with italy’s world champion coach marcello lippi is firmly on the cards for tuesday’s semifinals in agadir.

"For the club museum would be great to win this title," coach pep guardiola already stressed. The spaniard triumphed twice with FC barcelona in the competition, which is more highly regarded in south america than in europe. "This is one of the most prestigious titles in the world."The star coach should refine what jupp heynckes made possible in the first place with the triple. "For many players it is the first club world championship ever. They will be tough," assured guardiola, who warned of the chinese. FC bayern is the favorite, but teams with italian coaches are always a danger, the spaniard warned, and feels the duel against lippi is an "honor.

His professionals are also highly motivated – and also warned – for their eighth-final task in the champions league: as in the previous year, their opponents there are premier league leaders FC arsenal with national team colleagues lukas podolski, mesut ozil and per mertesacker.

"Arsenal could not necessarily be described as wishful thinking," confessed captain philipp lahm at the team hotel, where a christmas tree adorns the entrance area with decorative gifts. "The hardest thing to do of the second-placed teams. It’s nice to meet national team colleagues."

They will perhaps also sit in front of the TV on tuesday evening and watch how lippi once again spoiled the title dreams of a german team. In 2006, he and the late world champions italy brought the summer march to a tranquil end. "Lippi has a lot of experience. We have to prepare as well as possible," explained the 42-year-old guardiola. "From him you know that the team is tactically well adjusted," also warned national goalkeeper manuel neuer. The munich team is praised even more: the "famous and powerful bavarians" are even a "cosmic team," according to the chinese state agency xinhua.

Neuer won’t go that far, but they want to "really" make themselves number one in the world by winning the next title, wished the keeper. "This would be a crowning conclusion to such a year as we had in 2013," lahm also pointed out. When FC bayern won the world cup for the third time in 2001 (bayern in 1976 and dortmund in 1997), lahm watched the final in tokyo, which was decided by sammy kuffour’s goal, at a "strange time" in front of the television. This time the time difference is only one hour.

"It’s good for us that we don’t have to fly to japan. We don’t have a rough time change," said neuer, referring to the tournament, which has already been held six times in japan. "There is no time difference, that could be a small advantage for us," also explained guardiola. His second title after the european supercup at the end of august should be here. "But i have experienced how difficult a semi-final is at the club world cup. " The spanish hopes "for a final against ronaldinho". His team atletico mineiro will face raja casablanca in the other semifinal.

But how full are the batteries of the permanently stressed bayern players?? 54 compulsory games stuck lame, new& co. After a punishing calendar year already in the bones. "If at the end of the year your leg and body have one percent less power, you have to get that out of your head," demanded sports director matthias sammer on monday afternoon in the secluded team hotel. The world-wide radiant power of a success is already, but above all the title pays off. "The name alone: club world championship."

A success for munich, which is booming in all areas, at the tournament in agadir and marrakech, where the final will be played on saturday, would be a great "image boost," as coach ottmar hitzfeld, who won the world cup in 2001, emphasized. "A new level around the world. " In addition, it is about a "heap of money", so lahm. The winner can look forward to 3.65 million of the total 12 million euros in prize money. And the people of munich at least have good memories of guangzhou. In a test kick in the summer of 2012, they won 2-1 there – albeit against vfl wolfsburg.