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Guardiola Hails Ballon D’Or Nominee Ribery

Bayern coach, Pep Guardiola, was once again delighted with the contribution of his Ballon d’Or nominee, Franck Ribery, who scored the opening goal in Bayern's 3-0 win over Guangzhou Evergrande last night.

The Champions League winners cruised into the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco, comfortably beating Marcello Lippi’s Asian Champions League winners.

"For me it is an honour to be a trainer for Franck (Ribery)," said the Bayern boss over his French star.

"Franck, he has an unbelievable heart to play this game and it is so humble to play one, two, three, four times, up to 40 metres behind the play, to follow his opponent and help the team.”

Bayern were always in control against the Asian champions and easily progressed to the final, where the German giants will play either Raja Casablanca or Atletico Mineiro.

"I am so, so happy for the players, Jupp Heynckes and the club to play the final next Saturday and I hope for the first time in Germany to win this title," Guardiola said.

“The most important thing is to know we have a unique opportunity in our lives to play this final.

"It is not easy to be here, it is so difficult to try to become the best team in the world for the last season.”

Pep’s counterpart, Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi, was proud of his sides' effort and hailed his Evergrande's ‘unthinkable’ success since his arrival 18 months ago.

"When I arrived in China it was unthinkable that we would win two Chinese Super League titles, one Chinese Cup, one Asian Champions League and getting to this semi-final," Lippi said.

"This evening we have seen the difference between the strongest team in the world, and the rest of the teams.”

Bayern’s final opponent will be decided in tonight’s second semi-final between Moroccan representatives Raja Caseablanca and Copa Libertadores winners Atletico Mineiro.

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