2016 Fifa Club World Cup: Real Madrid eye success in Japan

Real Madrid players celebrate with Champions League trophy
Real Madrid are looking to win their third trophy of 2016 after success in the Champions League and Uefa Super Cup

Real Madrid will take the 2016 Club World Cup seriously, midfielder Toni Kroos has said.

The Spanish league leaders fly to Japan for Fifa's annual competition between the champions of six continental confederations after Saturday's game with Deportivo La Coruna.

Real have not won the Spanish title since 2012 but Kroos said the team is eager to secure the Club World Cup.

"We go with the aim of being crowned the best team in the world," he said.

The 2016 Champions League winners will play the winners of Sunday's tie between South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Mexican side America in the semi-finals in Yokohama on 15 December (kick-off 10:30 GMT).

There is a third-place play-off on 18 December in Yokohama followed by the final on the same day.

Cristiano Ronaldo is seeking his third Club World Cup winners' medal having been part of the Manchester United side that won it in 2008 and the triumphant Real side of 2014.

"It is a big tournament and I have been lucky enough to win it twice before," the 31-year-old forward said.

"Of course I want to win it for a third time. We go there with the sole aim of winning the title and to be crowned the best team in the world."

Real will be without Gareth Bale in Japan as the Welshman recovers from ankle surgery.

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