Real Madrid to defend Club World Cup against Chivas or AFC Champions League winner

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 16: Players of Real Madrid pose with the trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 Final match between Real Madrid CF and Gremio FBPA at Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 16: Players of Real Madrid pose with the trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 Final match between Real Madrid CF and Gremio FBPA at Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid will participate in the FIFA Club World Cup yet again after a successful campaign in Europe. Here’s a look at their potential opponents.

Los Blancos will once again be off to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. The CWC consists of seven different teams from 6 confederations. This will be their fourth time participating in the glamorous competition.

Real Madrid has won on their previous three occasions and will be looking to go four out of four. Provided that Julen Lopotegui can get the job done his side will surpass Barcelona in having the most FIFA CWC titles. The tournament will be held from December 12-22, 2018. This does mean that some of Real Madrid’s fixtures will be postponed to accommodate their participation in the CWC.

Due to the status and nature of the clubs position they are automatically placed into the semi-final round. That game will take place on December 19, with the opponent still to be determined. The game will be played against either Mexican side Chivas or against the winners of the Asian Champions League. Irrespective of who the opponent will be, that will be determined on November 10.

"“The fact that we won the Champions League gives us another opportunity to add to the club’s record of titles and it’s our obligation is to take advantage of this opportunity. The players are aware of the importance of this competition and they’re sure to do everything possible so that on the 22nd we are in that final and we can lift this trophy”. -Emilio Butragueño"

Chivas made their way to the CONCACAF title after beating MLS team, Toronto FC over two legs. Currently, the Asian Champions League is in the quarter-finals stage with eight teams in total remaining. That final will be played on November 10.

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In the event that Real Madrid is able to progress, the Final will take place three days later at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. This will be Julen’s first time at the competition and a chance for Real to add to the trophy cabinets. The tournament is a great way for Real Madrid to extend their global reach and allow people from different parts of the world watch their favourite team play.

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