“Today, the difference between the best team in the world right now and the others was clear to see. Bayern Munchen play with a mastery that we couldn’t overcome. Although we had a chance to get a goal back through Muriqui, we were clearly second best. However, I can’t blame my team as they put in a decent performance. We had the opportunity to compete in a Club World Cup semi-final – that’s fantastic. It's been a valuable experience for us to take part in this tournament with the best clubs from each continent.”
Marcello Lippi, coach of Guangzhou Evergrande FC

“We analysed four or five of Guangzhou’s games and knew that they are very dangerous on the break. It’s difficult to go behind to them and win. Every player held his position, we had a lot of possession and hardly let them make a single quick counterattack – we did that very well. I’m very pleased for my players and the club and hope we can win the title on Saturday. This final is a unique opportunity to claim this prestigious title and become the best team in the world. I’ll watch the other semi-final and analyse our upcoming opponents. I’d like to thank the Moroccan fans who supported us.”
Josep Guardiola, coach of FC Bayern Munchen