I've always found it a bit weird why it isn't given more respect, the winner of it is effectively the best team in the world which whatever way you slice it is BIG bragging rights.
You have lots of people insisting Barcelona are the best team in the world, which is crap since they haven't won the European Cup since 2015, let alone be world champions.
The World Club Cup is usually in the most obscure location FIFA can find. Japan held it for about 20 years, Brazil had it when the mancs walked away from the FA Cup, Morocco has held it recently, and it's been in UAE for the past couple of years. Instead of playing it last year by winning the European Cup, we had to go to Wolves in the pising rain, while Real won it again in 25c. Moving it to Doha isn't moving it very far. But it's a nice break from trips to Burnley and Bournemouth in the freezing cold that we normally have to face at that time of year.
The 3 weeks break which nowadays is hardly given before the pre season in summer. Who in the right mind is expecting a high octane Charity shield. IT won't happen because the players will just not have the legs. It was a farce to have such a break for the teams. We are Champions of Europe.
I've said it before the final but I'll say it again, because it needs to be.
The long break before the final is the FA's fault for starting the EPL before everyone else in Europe, just 4 weeks after the World Cup Final, therefore the league finished earlier than everyone else. UEFA bear no responsibility for the gap. The FA are not known for their willingness to help their representatives in Europe.
We are the first side to keep a clean sheet in the final since the very first Saturday night final, in Madrid in 2010.
The all important fixture list is released next week. Pre-season starts in about 4 weeks time, minus those players involved in summer tournaments. We will be playing games again before the ongoing Cricket WC is over.