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Corinthians v Chelsea preview

Chelsea meet South American champions Corinthians in the final of the Club World Cup in Japan on Sunday.

A 3-1 win over Monterrey in Yokohama on Thursday secured last season's UEFA Champions League winners a place in the showpiece event.

And now interim boss Rafa Benitez, who only succeeded Roberto Di Matteo in November, has the chance to win a trophy less than one month after taking charge of Chelsea.

It is a similar situation for the Spaniard to when he replaced Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan before winning the Club World Cup in 2010.

Having experienced a disappointing season so far, which has included being knocked out of the Champions League, Chelsea will be determined to make sure they do lift the silverware.

Much has been made of the demanding fixture schedule they are facing in December and so they will not want the tiring trip to the Far East to have been meaningless.

Benitez will also want to avoid a repeat of the Club World Cup final defeat by Sao Paulo he suffered when in charge of Liverpool seven years ago in a game his side dominated.

Corinthians, though, will be no pushovers and booked their spot in the final by beating African champions Al Ahly on Wednesday.

Chelsea trained without incident on Friday ahead of the final, with those who started against Monterrey restricted to the warm-up.

Benitez could therefore select the same team, which may again see David Luiz, a boyhood Corinthians fan, staring in midfield and Frank Lampard on the bench.

Fernando Torres can certainly expect to start after scoring four goals in his last two games for Chelsea in what has been seen as a resurgence in form under former Liverpool boss Benitez.