Menotti warns Real Madrid: Club World Cup is no joke

The Argentine coach believes being heavy favourites in Morocco could be a disadvantage if the Blancos arrive expecting an easy ride

World Cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti has warned Real Madrid that the Club World Cup will not be the cakewalk some of their players might be secretly expecting.

The reigning European champions will face either North American representatives Cruz Azul or Asian entrants Western Sydney Wanderers in the semi-finals on December 16.

The victor of that clash will face either Oceanic heavyweights Auckland City, Caf champions ES Setif or Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo in the tournament decider four days later.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men are unsurprisingly heavy favourites to triumph in Morocco, as European teams usually are, but Menotti insists that the Blancos must not to get complacent.

“Real Madrid cannot afford to think of the Club World Cup as a joke,” the Argentine coaching icon said in his column for DPA.

“There has been a history of surprises in the tournament, so I do not think it’s going to be a walkover for them against the other teams.”

Bayern Munich won the inter-continental competition last year, although 12 months earlier Chelsea suffered a shock defeat to Corinthians in the final.

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