Sunday, 16 December 2012
Chelsea loses Club World Cup to Corinthians
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes his side's poor finishing cost them the Club World Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by Brazilian side Corinthians in Japan.
Fernando Torres missed three chances, including one from close range in the last five minutes, while Gary Cahill was also denied when well placed.
"They had one clear chance and they scored and we didn't take our chances. That was the difference," said Benitez.
"We had four very good opportunities. Their goalkeeper was man of the match."
Benitez, who became the first boss to lead a side in three Club World Cup finals after winning with Inter Milan in 2010 and losing as Liverpool manager in the 2005 final, added: "We knew it would be a tough game against a good team.
"They were very physical from the first minute, in every challenge, every ball.
"Every second they were around the referee, doing well, and wasting time at the end."
Frank Lampard, the Chelsea captain for the game as he returned to the starting line-up for the first time in almost two months after a calf injury, believes his side must quickly focus on domestic football.