It’s been a really long time, but Bayern Munich are back in the FIFA Club World Cup. This time round, we face Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who represent Africa on the world stage. The best teams from two continents are set to do battle for a place in the final — what could be better?
Well, the travel, for one. The scheduling too. Playing this many games in February in an already packed schedule isn’t going to do Bayern any favors. People forget that, before Real Madrid won back-to-back Champions League titles a few years back, the CWC was seen as a curse that kept teams from winning the UCL next year. Now, Bayern have the challenge of winning it all in the most hectic season ever.
In injury news, Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez were left behind in Munich due to positive coronavirus tests, putting Flick in quite a pickle re:the midfield. Maybe he’ll do what he did against Hertha, and field a 4-1-4-1 with five attackers up top. Or maybe he’ll try to be a little bit sane for a change. Whatever happens, we’re all looking forward to watching the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, and co. on a truly international stage. Watch Online Free
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Al Rayyan Stadium, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar
Time: 9:00 pm local time, 1:30 pm EST
TV/streaming: FS2, Find Your Country
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Defending European champions Bayern Munich will start their FIFA Club World Cup campaign with a semifinal clash against Al Ahly at the Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha on Monday night. They come into this match after a 1-0 win Bundesliga clash on Friday night against Hertha Berlin.
Egyptian side Al Ahly, on the other hand, have played one game in this tournament. The African champions beat defending Qatar Stars League champions Al Duhail 1-0 in the quarterfinal and now, they are ready to go into one of the biggest clashes in their history.
FIFA Club World Cup 2020 Al Ahly vs Bayern Munich game is scheduled to kick off at 11:30 pm IST.