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Bayern Munich vie for more silverware

sports Updated: Dec 17, 2013 01:08 IST
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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he was determined to win the Club World Cup as his European champions prepare to face China's Guangzhou Evergrande in the semifinals Tuesday.

Guardiola is the only coach to have already won this competition twice, in 2009 and 2011 with Barcelona.

"This tournament is very important, very prestigious. It's not easy to qualify for it, nor to win it," Guardiola said.

"You don't have the good fortune to take part in this competition very often in your life as a professional footballer and I'd like to express my gratitude to the team and (predecessor) Juup Heynckes because thanks to them I am here today."

On Tuesday, Bayern Munich will meet the Chinese club coached by Italian 2006 World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, who reappeared in China last year after a two-year hiatus following his second spell in charge of the Italian national team.

Lippi has been impressed with Guardiola's career so far. "Guardiola is an intelligent and capable person. We've seen what he's done with Barcelona and Bayern, he's changed teams but kept on winning," said the 65-year-old.

"We're going to play against one of the best teams in the world," he added.