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Kashima defenders: Real Madrid better “beware of crocodiles”

Alfred Dunhill Championship - Day One

MALELANE, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 11: A Crocodile floats down the Crocodile River in the Kruger National Park during the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championsip at Leopard Creek Country Golf Club on December 11, 2014 in Malelane, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Kashima Antlers are at home for the FIFA Club World Cup final against Real Madrid, where the

Yokohama Stadium is about a two-hour drive from Kashima’s home base, a bit closer to home than Spain. But Real is still the heavy favorites to keep the CWC in Spain for a third-successive season.

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Don’t sleep on the Antlers, though. The squad is fired up for the chance to make history, and the words of 22-year-old defender Naomichi Ueda work for us. From the BBC:

“I’m a crocodile. ... Just as a crocodile will complete its conquest by dragging its prey into the water, I just want to bring them down - whether it’s in the air or on the ground, one on one.”

Now if crocodiles had antlers... well, that’s a futuristic sight I’d be happy to see. Kickoff on Sunday is at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

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