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    Santiago Solari: Real Madrid careful about Kashima Antlers 'challenge' in Fifa Club World Cup semi-last

    Santiago Solari: Real Madrid careful about Kashima Antlers 'challenge' in Fifa Club World Cup semi-last 

    European heroes are meaning to win a third progressive world title and will confront Al Ain in the last on Saturday on the off chance that they win on Wednesday night at Zayed Sports City Stadium 

    Santiago Solari: Real Madrid careful about Kashima Antlers 'challenge' in Fifa Club World Cup semi-last
    Santiago Solari manages his Real Madrid side in preparing on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi. EPA 

    Genuine Madrid supervisor Santiago Solari has played down his group's status as Fifa Club World Cup top picks and demands the European heroes must buckle down in the event that they are to secure a noteworthy third progressive title. 

    Madrid, who in May turned into the principal club in the Uefa Champions League time to win the European Cup three years in succession, is back in Abu Dhabi to guard the Club World Cup title they won a year prior in the UAE capital. The Spanish monsters likewise won the 2016 competition in Japan. 

    Madrid starts their 2018 crusade at the semi-last stage on Wednesday when they go up against Asian Champions League victors Kashima Antlers, who earned their place in the last four with a 3-1 prevail upon Central American agents Guadalajara in the quarter-finals. 

    With a squad loaded up with star control, including the ruling Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric, Madrid is substantial top choices to vanquish Kashima, as well as to conquer Argentina's River Plate in the last should they advance past the Japanese side. 

    Notwithstanding, Solari is resolute that Madrid confronts an intense test to effectively guard the title, and said his group is underestimating nothing. 

    "It's a wonderful competition and I like it particularly on the grounds that the groups that have achieved it are the bosses of every landmass," the Argentine said at the pre-coordinate meeting on Tuesday. 

    "To win again will be something remarkable yet nothing is ensured for us in light of the fact that there are no feeble groups in this opposition. 

    "We are just centered around the match against Kashima. Every one of our players has buckled down. They are roused and exceptionally eager due to the chance to play in the Club World Cup." 

    Wednesday's gathering at Zayed Sports City arena will be a rematch of the momentous 2016 Club World Cup last when Madrid battled back to beat Kashima 4-2 after additional time. 

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    Solari trusts this Kashima side will be significantly more grounded than the one Madrid confronted two years back, and the Argentine is anticipating a focused amusement. 

    "The players are nearly the equivalent," he said. "They have solid, high caliber outside players and the Japanese players are speedy and exceptionally capable. They will be commendable rivals and we are anticipating an energizing amusement. 

    "We will adhere to our own style which is to play overwhelming football and our methodology has dependably been to win. Be that as it may, the circumstance can change like in any diversion and we are prepared to confront any test. 

    "For me, this is a competition that merits playing for and a competition that I have been following. I'm certain my players have a similar inspiration to win and everybody has worked 100 percent to accomplish this objective." 

    Brazilian full-back Marcelo shared his administrator's longing to hold the Club World Cup trophy and said he needs no more inspiration than to prevail for the fans and his partners. 

    "To wear the Real Madrid shirt is the greatest inspiration for me," he said. "The other is the association in the changing area. In the group, we resemble a family. 

    "We are ravenous for titles and this is a short rivalry. We are playing straight in the semis and if ... we will play in the last and that would be an opportunity to win another bit of flatware."

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