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12.11.2009 14:55

Txiki considers Atlante favourite


The Barça technical secretary attended the draw for the Club World Cup, and believes that the most likely semi final opponent is Mexican side Atlante.

Txiki Begiristain was speaking to Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat from Abu Dhabi, where he travelled in the company of board member Albert Perrín and director or football Raül Sanllehí.

Another Mexican

web_17.jpgBarça will play the winner of the game between Atlante FC and either Al-Ahli FCD or Auckland City FC. Asked for his predictions, Txiki Begiristain was convinced that “the Mexicans are the team we will play in the World Cup”.

This will Barça’s return to the competition after they played in it in 2006 and faced another Mexican side at the same stage, América, who they beat 4-0.

Chance to see them

atlante_1_1024x768.jpgBarça will find out for sure who they will be playing on December 12, when the quarter final is to be played. Txiki is glad that will "give us a chance to see them live and see how they play” although thanks to the club’s well planned system they always “have the capacity to find out how any team plays".

"We want this title"

As he said before travelling to Abu Dhabi, Txiki Begiristain reiterated that the Clubs World Cup is “a title we want. To be the one of the best in the world, you have to win this".
Txiki considers Atlante favourite

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Two Mexicans at Barça
If Atlante FC do make the semi finals and play FC Barcelona, it will be an especially important day for Barça’s Rafael Márquez and Jonathan dos Santos, two Mexicans that will be able to tell Guardiola all about the side they’re facing. Guardiola himself is also familiar with the club, having played them in his Mexican League days at Dorados de Sinaloa.

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