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FIFA Club World Cup final: Real Madrid favourites as key players return from injury

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By Euronews
The final will kick off in Abu Dhabi at 5pm GMT
The final will kick off in Abu Dhabi at 5pm GMT

Real Madrid go into to Saturday evening's club world cup final against Brazilian side Gremio as hot favourites, having won the tournament in two out of the last three seasons.

Los Blancos' confidence will also be boosted by the return of their talismanic centre-back Sergio Ramos, who declared himself fit ahead of the game.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said: "We have a lot of dreams, dream is the word we like most - the dream of bringing another title back to Madrid."

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said: "This has been a great year and one I will not forget. Nor will the fans. It will go down in the history of Real Madrid. The number of trophies we've won can't be erased.

Their opponents, the Brazilian side Gremio, will hope to put a stick iin Real's spokes however, with players aware of the significance of the match.

Head coach Renato Gaucho said: "This is the most important match in my entire coaching career. This is also the most important match in my players' lives.

"If they are the favourites, which from my point of view they are, they will have to prove it on the pitch against our eleven players. We are going to do all we can to win this competition."

With Gareth Bale also fit to start again after returning from injury, however, Gremio are undoubtedly the underdogs.

The match will kick of at 5pm GMT at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.