AGADIR, Morocco (AP) — Becoming the first coach to win three Club World Cups — with two different teams — isn't particularly motivating to Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola will lead the European champions into Tuesday's semifinal against Asian champion Guangzhou Evergrande after replacing Jupp Heynkes this season.
For Guardiola, winning the tournament of continental champions is really about continuing Heynkes' legacy after the Dutch coach led the German club to its first treble of Champions League, Bundesliga, and German Cup titles.
"Jupp did a good job and that is why I am here. It's not particularly special," Guardiola said Tuesday from the Agadir Stadium. "I would like to win for the players, who won everything last year. And I would like to win for Bayern."
Guardiola, who previously won the competition twice at the helm of Barcelona, has led Bayern to a near perfect season since replacing Heynkes. Bayern won the UEFA Super Cup title and could add the first Club World Cup to its trophy case after the Germans twice won the predecessor Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001.
Coming up against the Chinese champion's veteran Italian coach Marcello Lippi will certainly put the Bayern tactician to the task.
"Normally, before this game, people think Bayern is favorite but against an Italian (coach) that changes," Guardiola said. "When they are not favorites, in that moment they are so, so dangerous. We have to prepare as well as possible."
Lippi offered no surprises, saying his team would be realistic and play to its defensive strengths against the possession-minded Germans.