Fernando Torres scored against Monterrey in the semi-final. Picture: Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo
Chelsea will be bidding to become the sixth UEFA Champions League winner in succession to take out the Fifa Club World Cup when it faces Corinthians on Sunday night. The English Premier League heavyweights made light work of Mexican outfit FC Monterrey in Thursday’s semi-final, recording a 3-1 win to become the third English club to reach the decider since 2005. Fernando Torres and Juan Mata were both on the scoresheet in the match, with the former scoring for the fifth time in his past three matches to continue his resurgence under Rafael Benetiz, who signed the Spaniard while he was at Liverpool five years ago.
Torres will again lead the line against the Brazilians but there could be a host of other changes made to the Londoners side. Ramires, Frank Lampard and John Terry could all be in contention to start the match but Oriol Romeu is sidelined with a serious knee injury.
Corinthians, who won this event in 2000, won through to the decider with a 1-0 win over Egypt’s Al-Ahly on Wednesday. Although Brazilian football is often associated with free flowing ball movement and attack flair, Corinthians rely on keeping possession of the ball and a tight defence. They conceded just four goals in 14 matches on their way to winning the Copa Libertadores title and will go a long way to winning here if they can contain the Blues attacking force. Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero, who scored the winner against Al-Ahly will lead the line again for the Brazilians.
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