European champions, Real Madrid, will take on hosts Al Jazira of UAE for a place in the final of this year’s FIFA Club World Cup (6pm WAT).
With two Champions League crowns in four years and two Club World Cup titles in the space of three years, Real Madrid are certainly proving themselves to be the best team in the history of the game — if recent feats are anything to go by.
After becoming the first-ever team to secure back-to-back Champions League titles, the Los Blancos are now bidding to become the first side to successfully retain their world champions’ title under the competition’s current format. The first obstacle lying in their way are hosts, Al Jazira, who they take on in this evening’s semi-final clash.
After tasting glory last time round in Japan, the Whites are now looking to lift the title in Abu Dhabi. The European champions arrived in United Arab Emirates’ capital city on Sunday, giving them several days to settle into their new surroundings and complete two training sessions.
Speaking in the build-up, Zidane, who is able to call on all of the players who have travelled, insisted “There’s a title at stake and we’ll be doing our all to win it”. Real Madrid will face copa libertadores champions, Gremio, if they defeat Al Jazira this night. Brazilian outfit, Gremio, got the better of Mexico’s Pachuca, to book a final spot.