Bayern Munich, the German champions, are looking forward to their sixth title in less than nine months and hopes to equal Barcelona’s record by winning six titles in 2009 when Mexico’s Tigers Unal faces the FIFA Club World Cup final on Thursday.
Bayern won the domestic double and the European Champions League in 2020, as well as the German and European Super Cups. The team also currently leads the league, seven points clear of second-placed Leipzig.
Tigres beat Brazil’s Palmeiras 1-0 to become the first North American team to reach the final.
Bayern Munich coach Hans Dieter Flick said the team would play the match without veteran center back Jerome Boateng.
The 2014 World Cup winner with Germany will return to his country for personal reasons, following reports from Germany of the death of his ex-girlfriend. Flick said in a virtual press conference: “We were surprised about this matter. Jerome came to me and asked me to return to Germany. He will not be available with the team until further notice.”
Flick, who refused to reveal any details of his possible starting lineup for the final, said his team needed a vigil from the first second to counter-attacks by the Mexican team.
He added, “It is up to us to put the opponent under pressure and perform our way when we have the ball. We did that well in the semi-finals. I trust my team completely.”
Flick, who took over in November 2019, is now the most successful coach ever in his first season at Bayern.
He added, “We must be vigilant, Tigress is very fast in building attacks, the team exploits the wings well and has an attack capable of conceding the net. We must focus from the start and take advantage of our opportunities this time.”