The Blues missed out on the chance to add the title of World Champions to the Champions League crown they won back in May after a second half strike from Paolo Guerrero was enough to carry the Brazilian outfit to victory in Yokohama.
Globosporte claim to have gained access to Chelsea’s dressing room after the game and unearthed two tactical sheets from a rubbish bin, which detailed how the Stamford Bridge-based club should defend from set-pieces.
The first piece of paper details which player would be responsible for marking each Corinthians attacker, while the second noted the propensity of the Brazilian side to counter-attack and warned to be wary of that threat. The sheet also advises that Chelsea should push up immediately after clearing the first ball from a set-piece.
The name of match-winner Guerrero is abbreviated to Guerro on the paper – "A situation that may be a mistake or just an abbreviation," according to the Brazilian website.
While the findings were ultimately inconsequential as they came after the game, which marked manager Rafa Benitez’s second defeat in three career World Club Cup finals, Chelsea return to England under a cloud and with little time to prepare for their Capital One Cup quarter final clash against Leeds tonight.
Brazilian youngster Lucas Piazon reportedly criticised Chelsea’s desire to win the Club World Cup in the aftermath of the game only to deny he’d said anything out of line soon after, while following their fruitless endeavours in Japan, Chelsea are now 13 points adrift in the Premier League title race after both Manchester United and Manchester City picked up wins over the weekend.
Frank Lampard, who captained Chelsea on Sunday, admits it will be tough to get a result against traditionally fierce rivals Leeds after such a short turnaround between games.
'Win this and we're in the semi-final, with the possibility of a decent draw, but we've got to win the game,' he explained.
'It's tough to go to Elland Road. There's a rivalry. We're aware of it and we have to play on the pitch with passion and do the physical side of things up there because they're going to be right at it. We can't expect to go up there and tap it around and get a result. We have to do both sides.
'We have to pick it up for Leeds. We have to go there and stand up and get our form back at home. We got a result against Sunderland before we went out to Japan and its very important that we do our stuff, not just with Leeds, but the Premier League games over Christmas, and keep ourselves right up there.'