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Dec 13, 2012

Torres helps Chelsea into Club World Cup final

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Fernando Torres continued his recent resurgence as Chelsea confidently brushed aside Mexico’s Monterrey 3-1 to reach the final of the Club World Cup in Japan on Thursday.

The English side and their interim manager Rafael Benitez will be under pressure to beat Brazil’s Corinthians in Sunday’s final after becoming the first holders to exit the Champions League at the group stage last week.

Dec 13, 2012

Soccer-Torres helps Chelsea into Club World Cup final

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Fernando Torres continued his recent resurgence as Chelsea confidently brushed aside Mexico’s Monterrey 3-1 to reach the final of the Club World Cup in Japan on Thursday.

The English side and their interim manager Rafael Benitez will be under pressure to beat Brazil’s Corinthians in Sunday’s final after becoming the first holders to exit the Champions League at the group stage last week.

Dec 12, 2012

Chelsea are tighter under Benitez, says Cahill

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Chelsea have become more compact defensively under interim manager Rafael Benitez as they prepare for the football Club World Cup in Japan, defender Gary Cahill said on Wednesday.

The English Premier League side, who face Mexico’s Monterrey in their semi-final in Yokohama on Thursday, took four games to register their first win under the Spaniard.

Dec 12, 2012

Soccer-Chelsea are tighter under Benitez, says Cahill

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Chelsea have become more compact defensively under interim manager Rafael Benitez as they prepare for the soccer Club World Cup in Japan, defender Gary Cahill said on Wednesday.

The English Premier League side, who face Mexico’s Monterrey in their semi-final in Yokohama on Thursday, took four games to register their first win under the Spaniard.

Dec 12, 2012

Chelsea will score but we can beat them – Monterrey coach

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Monterrey coach Victor Vucetich says his side will be powerless to prevent Chelsea from scoring in Thursday’s Club World Cup semi-final in Yokohama but still believes the Mexicans can pull off their biggest ever win.

Chelsea have scored nine goals in their last two games following a difficult start under interim manager Rafael Benitez with misfiring striker Fernando Torres netting four times.

Dec 12, 2012

Soccer-Chelsea will score but we can beat them – Monterrey coach

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Monterrey coach Victor Vucetich says his side will be powerless to prevent Chelsea from scoring in Thursday’s Club World Cup semi-final in Yokohama but still believes the Mexicans can pull off their biggest ever win.

Chelsea have scored nine goals in their last two games following a difficult start under interim manager Rafael Benitez with misfiring striker Fernando Torres netting four times.

Dec 11, 2012

Chelsea players mobbed at Japanese Starbucks

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Millionaire Chelsea players Petr Cech and Paulo Ferreira popped into a Starbucks for coffee after training at the Club World Cup in Japan on Tuesday and were mobbed as they waited in line.

Defender Ferreira purchased a ‘Yokohama Starbucks’ coffee mug as a souvenir but goalkeeper Cech opted to save his money as dozens of fans in Chelsea shirts swarmed around them.

Dec 11, 2012

Soccer-Chelsea players mobbed at Japanese Starbucks

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Millionaire Chelsea players Petr Cech and Paulo Ferreira popped into a Starbucks for coffee after training at the Club World Cup in Japan on Tuesday and were mobbed as they waited in line.

Defender Ferreira purchased a ‘Yokohama Starbucks’ coffee mug as a souvenir but goalkeeper Cech opted to save his money as dozens of fans in Chelsea shirts swarmed around them.

Dec 10, 2012

Benitez brushes off Chelsea pressure in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Chelsea interim coach Rafael Benitez feels no pressure to win the Club World Cup in Japan despite his team crashing out of the Champions League in midweek, the Spaniard said on Monday.

Benitez, runner-up as Liverpool manager at the 2005 Club World Cup in Japan, brushed off fears that a slip-up this time might cost him his job.

Dec 10, 2012

Soccer-Benitez brushes off Chelsea pressure in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Chelsea interim coach Rafael Benitez feels no pressure to win the Club World Cup in Japan despite his team crashing out of the Champions League in midweek, the Spaniard said on Monday.

Benitez, runner-up as Liverpool manager at the 2005 Club World Cup in Japan, brushed off fears that a slip-up this time might cost him his job.