Greedy Bayern try Club World Cup crown for size
Agadir: Bayern Munich are already excited at the prospect of being crowned world club champions after booking their place in Saturday`s final of the tournament in Morocco.
"`Club world champions`, that sounds nice," said director of sport Matthias Sammer after Bayern brushed aside Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 in Tuesday`s semi-final in Agadir to remain on course for a fifth trophy in 2013.
"But first, we have to make it happen."
Goals by France winger Franck Ribery, Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze saw the Bavarians through to the final in Marrakech, where they face either Morocco`s Raja Casablanca or Brazil`s Atletico Mineiro, who meet on Wednesday.
Only victory will suffice for the Bavarian giants, with Sammer admitting that a defeat on Saturday would be a `catastrophe` as Bayern look to add the Club World Cup to their Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup and UEFA Super Cup titles already secured this year.
"It`s not so bad if you can call yourself the best team in the world," midfielder Toni Kroos said about the thought of lifting the trophy, while Ribery was equally blunt: "We are professionals and we want to win. This is important to us."
Meanwhile, captain Philipp Lahm explained the team`s thinking as they took on the Asian champions.
"We wanted to make sure we controlled possession against a side we knew can counter-attack well," said Lahm after Bayern utterly dominated Guangzhou, enjoying 70 percent possession and coming close to increasing their lead on numerous occasions.
"We needed a bit longer than usual to get the first goal, but all things considered, we dominated and concentrated hard," he added, after Bayern were forced to wait 40 minutes before getting the breakthrough.
"This tournament is special and we certainly wanted to make the final.
"We want the title, that`s our task, then we can go calmly into the winter break."
Already twice a winner of the Club World Cup during his time in charge of Barcelona, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is on course for a third global crown after his German champions swept aside Marcello Lippi`s Guangzhou.
"There you see the real difference between the best club in the world and the rest," said the 65-year-old Italian Lippi.
"All their players can fill any position, and they were superior in all areas.
"We were not able to disrupt Bayern`s game at all, that is why they are also the best team in the world.
"Overall, we were clearly inferior, but I can`t blame my team, they put in a good performance.
"The fact we can compete in the semi-final of a Club World Cup after only 18 months of work together was something that had been previously unthinkable."