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Club World Cup: The Latest Team To Qualify & A Possible Opponent For Chelsea

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Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal have booked their spot in the upcoming edition of the FIFA Club World Cup tournament after becoming champions of Asia for a record fourth time following their 2-0 victory against Pohang Steelers in the Asian Champions League final on Tuesday.

 

The Saudi Arabian side, contesting the Champions League final for the third time in five years, triumphed at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, adding the trophy to titles won in 1991, 2000 and 2019.

The Saudi side will now turn their attention to preparing for the FIFA Club World Cup holding in the United Arab Emirates next year. They are another possible opponents Chelsea could face in the tournament so the Blues have to be weary of this team.

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About the team

Al Hilal are a well coached team that have been dominant on the Asian continent for some time now.

They are coached by former Monaco of France manager Leonardo Jardim, who famously won Monaco their first national championship in 17 years in 2016/17 season. The side also reached the semi-finals in both the UEFA Champions League and the Coupe de France.

 

Al Hilal also have some players who have proven themselves on the European stage. Their attack is led by seasoned strikers including Moussa Marega who was one of their goalscorers in the Champions League final. The Malian forward was a former player for FC Porto.

 

 

They also have veteran French striker Bafitimbi Gomis in their ranks, formerly of Olympique Marseille, Olympique Lyon, Swansea City and Galatasaray.

 

 

Meanwhile, they also have Brazilian playmaker Matheus Pereira who was on the books of West Bromwich Albion. The 25 year old midfield maestro will be remembered for his star performance when West Brom famously demolished Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team 5-2 at Stamford Bridge.

 

 

European champions Chelsea will have to be weary of this team if they face off at the Club World Cup tournament next year.

 

 

Congratulations to Al Hilal for winning their record fourth Asian Champions League title

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