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Real and Al Ain look ahead to Club World Cup final

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Real and Al Ain look ahead to Club World Cup final

Real and Al Ain look ahead to Club World Cup final

Real coach Solari says his team are nervous ahead of Club World Cup final and Al Ain coach Mamic says his side will look to capitalise on Real's shaky season.


Real and Al Ain look ahead to Club World Cup final


(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH SANTIAGO SOLARI, SAYING: "We are all very happy, motivated and focused on tomorrow's match, yes I could say nervous is the right word.

Of course they (the players) have a lot of experience in these tournaments but they are still nervous.

We are focused and concentrating on tomorrow's match and we want to play for a win." 2.


(SOUNDBITE) (English) AL AIN COACH ZORAN MAMIC, SAYING: "The strength of Real Madrid is that every player can decide the match, even the defenders, because they're very dangerous, you talk about Marcelo but also through set pieces you have Ramos, Varane, Carvajal on the right side.

You don't know from which side come dangerous, that's why you don't need to focus only on the left side like Kamel said, we need to focus on the team work together not every player for themselves.

Only together, only as a team we can make a good game and a good result.

But like I said Real Madrid for me is, maybe not in the moment because in the moment they have some difficulties but for me Real Madrid is the biggest team in the world." STORY: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos demanded respect for current coach Santiago Solari as he batted away questions on Friday (December 21) about whether Jose Mourinho could re-join the club in the future after being sacked by Manchester United.

Mourinho, who was sacked by United on Tuesday, spent three eventful years with Real between 2010 and 2013, winning the La Liga title with a record 100 points, scoring 121 goals, as well as lifting the Copa del Rey.

Yet his tenure also deeply divided the club's supporters and players, and Ramos was among the most outspoken of the Portuguese coach's critics.

Yet with Real still reeling from Zinedine Zidane's departure, having sacked his replacement Julen Lopetegui in October and then appointed the inexperienced Solari, some Spanish media reports have said president Florentino Perez could be tempted to bring Mourinho back.

Victory over local side Al Ain in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi would hand former Real midfielder Solari his first trophy as coach and see the club overtake Barcelona as the most successful team in the competition's history with four triumphs.

Although Solari has led Real to 10 wins in 12 games since succeeding Lopetegui, the team have still faced plenty of criticism for some insipid recent performances.

Al Ain coach Zoran Mamic said his side facing Real Madrid in the FIFA Club World Cup final will be like a Smart car racing against a Mercedes Formula One machine, but he thinks there is a chance their more illustrious opponents might break down.

The United Arab Emirates Pro League champions pulled off one of the greatest shocks in the tournament's history by knocking out Copa Libertadores winners River Plate in a penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw in the semi-finals.

They will meet a Real Madrid side that have conquered Europe in the last three seasons and are on the verge of a record four Club World Cup titles, but who have also struggled for form this season, leading them to sack manager Julen Lopetegui in October, replacing him with Argentine Santiago Solari.

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