Chairman of Bayern Munich and club legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned his side against complacency when they face Al Ahly.
The Reds have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2020 Club World Cup after beating hosts Al Duhail 1-0, thanks to Hussein El-Shahat’s strike.
In the 30th minute, Walter Bwalya stole the ball from Karim Boudiaf just outside the penalty area and passed it to Hussein El-Shahat, whose low-driven shot hit the back of the net.
The Reds now will face European champions Bayern Munich in an almost impossible task in the semi-finals of the tournament on Monday, February 8.
Despite being clear favourites for the encounter and the title, club legend and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stressed that they can’t underrate ‘Club of the Century’ Al Ahly.
“The winner of the tournament will receive $5M, which is pleasant,” Rummenigge told Sport1.
“But I warn against underestimating the opponents. Next Monday, after a two-day break and a long journey, we have the semi-finals.” the Bayern chairman added. “Al Ahly is an extremely traditional club with over 30 million fans alone in Egypt.”
“They were voted “Club of the Century” by the Continental Federation,” he said. “We are very much looking forward to this encounter and will face them with the utmost respect and appreciation
“Our coach will analyze Al Ahly because you can’t be arrogant, even though we’re favorites in the game.” he said. “We don’t want to stumble, but rather approach every game seriously.
“The team did that perfectly in 2020 and will keep it in 2021: Always approach the games with respect and professional preparation,” Rummenigge added.