Chelsea boss Benitez knows Corinthians will be up for it

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez says they cannot afford to start today's Club World Cup final against Corinthians slowly.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez says they cannot afford to start today's Club World Cup final against Corinthians slowly.

The tournament may have been mocked in Britain but Corinthians are taking it deadly seriously and Benitez is determined his Chelsea players do likewise.

“We had meetings today – one with the midfielders and defenders and the other with the offensive players,” he said.

“I wanted to change a few things, analyse our game, the positives and the negatives. Then we will analyse Corinthians, the weaknesses we feel we can exploit.

“I can understand some people from a distance saying this competition is not important but this is an important final.

“Just to be here you have to win the Champions League. It’s the same for the South American team.

“I will study my players before the game.

“Always, after the warm-up, I ask my staff if they are sharp and paying attention to everything or distracted. Normally around 80 per cent of the time you know more or less if they are ready to win.”

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