Chelsea will face either Mexican club Monterrey or the Asian Champions League winners in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup in Japan.

Chelsea contest the annual tournament in December as the European continent's representatives, having won last season's Champions League against Bayern Munich on penalties.

The identity of the team representing Asia will not be revealed until that continent's Champions League is concluded on November 10. Chelsea will face either those Asian Champions League winners or Mexican side Monterrey as they look to succeed Barcelona as World Club champions.

Last year, Lionel Messi and co beat Santos 4-0 in the final.

An English team has only won the tournament once - Manchester United beat Ecuadorian side LDU Quito 1-0 in 2008.

For the past three seasons, Europe's representative has come out on top in the intercontinental showpiece, Barcelona triumphing twice and Inter Milan once.

Roberto Di Matteo's side have a bye until the semi-final stage, as do South American champions Corinthians.

The Brazilian side face either the champions of Africa or the winners of a play-off between Oceania champions Auckland City of New Zealand and the J-League winners from Japan.

The competition kicks off on 6 December in Japan, and Chelsea play their first match on 13 December.

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