Franck Ribery has acknowledged Bayern Munich is the firm favorite to lift the Club World Cup in Morocco this month and says the trophy is the club's final target at the end of a magical year.
The Bavarians lifted the treble under Jupp Heynckes last season and have made an impressive start to life with Pep Guardiola, after topping the Bundesliga and their Champions League group.
Ribery was speaking at a press conference alongside teammate Manuel Neuer ahead of their semifinal tie against Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday and is adamant FCB is desperate to win the trophy.
“Obviously we still have two games we need to win,” Ribery told reporters who had gathered at the team’s base in Agadir.
“If we take the trophy it’ll be a good holiday, both mentally and for our families.
“I don’t know much about the Chinese team [Evergrande] but we’re certainly favorites.”
Bayern has already secured four trophies this season, including its historical treble and goalkeeper Neuer believes success in Africa will be the perfect way to end a special year.
“The Club World Cup is our last target this year,” claimed Bayern’s number one.
“We’ve been very successful but we’re looking for the crowning glory now. It’s a very special competition for us.
“We want to win the cup so we’ll definitely have the right attitude.”
European sides have enjoyed a lot of success in the competition with the Champions League winner going on to win the competition on five of the last six occasions.
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