Corinthians set up potential Club World Cup showdown against Chelsea

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Chelsea will face Brazilian outfit Corinthians in the Club World Cup final if they navigate their way safely past Mexican side Monterrey in Japan tomorrow.

Corinthians secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over African champions Al Ahly at the Toyota Stadium in Japan today thanks a first-half header from José Paolo Guerrero.

The Blues will have their chance to stake a place in the final against the Brazilian side tomorrow when they take on Monterrey, while a third-place play-off against Ah Ahly beckons if the succumb to defeat against their Mexican opponents.

The Stamford Bridge-based club have the chance to add the title of World Champions to the European crown they claimed back in May, and defender Gary Cahill believes winning the Club World Cup could be just the thing Chelsea need to kick-start Rafa Benitez's time in charge at the club.

The Spaniard was booed during his first game in charge of Chelsea because of his connection with rivals Liverpool, who under the Spaniard denied the Blues a place in the Champions League final twice in 2005 and 2007.

Chelsea have won their last two games under Benitez, and although they are now out of the Champions League, Cahill believes returning back to west London with a trophy in tow will do wonders for Benitez's popularity.

"Everyone wants to win trophies. If that's the case I'm sure he will win people over," Cahill told BBC Sport.

"The only way you can win people over is by working hard and getting results."

The Club World Cup final takes place on Sunday in Yokohoma, Japan.

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