A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea in the past 24 hours.
Chelsea have cruised into the final of the Club World Cup after beating Mexican side Monterrey 3-1 in Japan. Juan Mata opened the scoring in the first half, with Torres and an own goal sealing the victory before a late consolation from De Nigris. Victor Vucetich, the Monterrey manager, acknowledged Chelsea were the better side, saying that he thought his own team were too timid at times.
Chelsea will face Brazilian side Corinthians in the final on Sunday, with Juan Mata saying Chelsea are confident of success, but understand the talent of their opposition:
"We have confidence about winning but we know Corinthians are one of the best teams in South America. It will be a football party and hopefully we will win."
Two of Chelsea’s own Brazilian stars, Oscar and Ramires, have spoken about the final, saying that Corinthians will provide a stern test for Chelsea on Sunday, despite a poor performance in their semi final against Al Ahly.
Fernando Torres’s goal against Monterrey was his fifth in three matches for Chelsea with the striker appearing to be rejuvenated by the more direct style of play Benitez has implemented at the club. However the Chelsea manager has insisted that the improvement is down to the player himself, as well as the team, who are creating more chances.
Benitez also said that he believes that Chelsea can improve on their semi final performance, saying he wants to win games in style and without conceding goals.Benitez also spoke about his decision to play David Luiz in midfield, saying it is an option for the future. Luiz filled in next to Mikel partly due to the long term injury sustained by Oriol Romeu, who is unlikely to feature for the Blues again this season.
There will be no further action taken against the Chelsea fan accused of making a racist “monkey” gesture at Danny Welbeck in October. The decision has been made after the Police interviewed other crowd members and studied CCTV footage.
In transfer news, Chelsea have reportedly joined the race for Malaga midfielder Isco. The 20 year has been in wonderful form this season, and is rumoured to have a £17 million buy out clause in his contract. Malaga are keen to offer him a new deal to raise this figure to £30 millio, but Chelsea and Manchester City may try and swoop before this happens.
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