Ahly s Swiss coach Marcel Koller speaks to his players during the FIFA Club World Cup second round football match between Seattle Sounders FC and Egypt s Al-Ahly at the Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier on February 4, 2023. AFP
The Cairo giants advanced to semifinals, their third in a row, after beating Seattle Sounders of the United States 1-0 on Saturday.
“It’s a great achievement to set up a date with such a big team like Real Madrid in the semifinals,” Koller was quoted as saying on the club’s official website after the game.
“There will be theoretical and technical preparations for the game. It will be a big challenge against Real Madrid,” the Swiss coach added.
It’s the second time for Ahly to play against the European Champions in the Club World Cup as the Red Devils lost to Bayern Munich 2-0 in the semi-final of the 2020 edition.
Ahly, who already claimed three bronze medals in the 2006, 2020 and 2021 editions, are bidding to go all the way during their eighth appearance in the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid are the most successful club in the history of the Club World Cup, having won four titles in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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