Mineiro must be wary of African danger
The right to face Bayern Munich in this year's World Club Cup final will be fought over tonight between Atletico Mineiro and Raja Casablanca.
The South American side should progress serenely on paper, but it is far from a foregone conclusion against the Moroccan and African champions. The very fact that the tournament is being hosted in Raja's homeland should serve as enough of a warning that they have an opportunity to cause an upset in Marrakesh.
Whilst not possessing a glut of internationally-known footballers, Casablanca still carry a threat of sorts. Marouane Zemmama, a player known in the UK through his stints at Hibernian in Scotland and Middlesbrough in England, is frustratingly talented- perhaps even in a similar fashion to Ronaldinho in that his best is excellent and his worst is detrimental to the rest of his side. Deo Kanda, a striker, played in this tournament in 2010 for Congolese side TP Mazembe when they famously triumphed over Brazil's Internacional to reach the final.
That day Inter left a host of talent on the bench in the mindset that their place in the final was inevitable. Leandro Damiao, Oscar and Giuliano were not called upon until it was too late and Mazembe went on to face Italy's Internazionale.
Mineiro can't afford to make the same selection mistakes tonight if they want to progress to the last stage of the competition.