Rafael Benitez wants to maintain what he sees as Chelsea’s winning mentality by guiding the Premier League team to victory in the Club World Cup on Sunday, the BBC
Chelsea play Corinthians in the final of the tournament in the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, having seen off the challenge of Mexican side Monterrey in the semi-final, recording a 3-1 victory. Corinthians defeated Al-Ahly of Egypt in the other semi-final, running out 1-0 victors.
Corinthians qualified for the competition by winning the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, but no South American team has won the Club World Cup since Internacional in 2006. Corinthians themselves won a version of the tournament in 2000 that also featured Manchester United.
The BBC notes that Benitez is due to become the first manager to lead sides into three Club World Cup finals, after being in the dugout for Liverpool’s loss to Sao Paulo in 2005 and Inter’s victory over Mazembe of DR Congo. And the Spaniard intends to win his second Club World Cup, despite the sentiment in some quarters that the competition lacks value.
“I’m trying to keep our winning mentality and our hunger to win trophies,” Benitez said. “Some people say this tournament is not the biggest in the world but I know it’s an important competition.”
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