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Schmeichel backs Chelsea and Al-Ahly to reach Club World Cup final

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has backed Chelsea and Al-Ahly to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, with the Premier League side winning the trophy.

Clubs are currently battling it out in the quarterfinals of the tournament, with the semifinals and final to follow later this week. Schmeichel believes the African champions’ previous experience will see them get past Brazilian giants Corinthians, setting up a potential clash against Rafa Benitez’s side as he searches for his first piece of silverware at the club.

"I’m not surprised about Ahly’s victory over Hiroshima to qualify for the semifinals of the World Club Cup. I was expecting that because the Egyptian team has a great reputation in the tournament," Schmeichel told Al-Wassat.

"The chances of Al-Ahly and Corinthians are equal, although I think the preference would be in favor of the Africa champion because of their experience of playing in the previous three World Club Cups and got third place in 2006.

"I personally expect that Ahly and Chelsea will be in the final, but then the Londoners will be the closest to winning the title, as usual for European clubs."

Chelsea head sinto the competition fresh from back-to-back wins over Nordsjaelland and Sunderland this week. The Blues must get by Mexican side and CONCACAF champion Monterrey to reach the final.

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