Match Preview: Chelsea vs Corinthians

Match Preview: Chelsea v Corinthians.
Match Preview: Chelsea v Corinthians.

Chelsea Football Club will take on Sport Club Corinthians Paulista in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final. Both clubs had an automatic spot in the semi-finals of the tournament, and both beat their opposition. Corinthians held on to beat the Egyptian side Al-Ahly 1-0. The next day, Chelsea beat the Mexican side Monterrey 3-1. Rafael Benitez seems confident ahead of the match and certainly is no stranger to the CWC final : losing to Sao Paulo in 2005 (1-0) and beating TP Mazembe in 2010 (3-0). This could be his chance to make 2 trophies in a row in the CWC or 2 losses in a row to Brazilian opposition in the CWC.

Corinthians won the Copa Libertadores under the guidance of the Brazilian League’s longest reigning coach, Tite. His key players are Ânderson Polga (defender), two forwards – 27 year-old Argentina international Juan Manuel Martínez and Peru national team captain Paolo Guerrero. His defensive line is very strong, and he will certainly look to tactics and discipline as the key to the Brazilian side’s shock victory over the 2012 UEFA Champions League Champions.

For Chelsea, it will be our first finals appearance in our first tournament appearance. This is our chance to make history and Benitez’s chance to keep his job and relax some of the pressure off of his shoulders. Petr Cech is expected to captain Chelsea in the final, although it is said that Frank Lampard might have a rare start and wear the armband. The match against Corinthians will help him to fix Chelsea’s game, improve the connections between the players and build up the confidence of the team in what would be his 2nd CWC title in 2 years.

Probable Line-Up:

Corinthians (4-2-3-1): Cassio; Alessandro, Chicao, Paolo Andre, Fabio Santos; Paulinho, Ralf, Douglas, Emerson, Danilo; Guerrero

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cahill, A.Cole; Mikel, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres

Key Stats 

  1. Rafael Benitez is 0-1 against Brazilian opposition in the CWC and is 1-1 in the Final of the CWC. 
  2. If Chelsea beat Corinthians in the final, we would be the 2nd English team to ever win the CWC.
  3. Shall we win, we would be the 6th UEFA representative in a row to lift the trophy.

I see us winning 3-0. What are your thoughts on this match? Your predictions?

  1. Tobi Olusegun says

    Chelsea will win 3_1

  2. Zane says

    I don’t like making score predictions but I’m feeling positive that the boys can do and maybe comfortably. Let’s hope Paulinho doesn’t get enough space on the ball.

  3. Ibitoye dayo says

    Chelsea 3 co 1

  4. Godwin Nkem says

    i just hope we win.i cant predict the score line,but i just see us winning,and hopefully after this trophy,we can also get the capital one cup,and hopefully the europa league

  5. Samuel Appiah says

    My darling club Chelsea will beat Corinthians by 3 goals to nil.BLUE IS THE COLOUR ,FOOTBALL IS THE GAME..

    1. Kallay mohamed says

      My prediction is, chelsea 3 – corinthians 0 today will be one of my happiest day if we(THE BLUES) win the club world cup

  6. Celestine says

    Chelsea 2 Corinthians 1

  7. Predicshon Hazard says

    It a big win 4 the PENSIONERS 3-1 in favour of the Defending European Champions

  8. Anonymous says

    Chelsea 3 vs 0 corinthians

  9. Anonymous says

    chelsea 3-co 2

  10. Anonymous says

    Chelsea 3-1 corithians

  11. Stephen Abiodun Nasco Stevo says

    Am expecting a real and entertaining match anyway. But My Chelsea wil triumph by 3goals – 1. Lov U Lampard lifting anoda giant trophy 4d blues

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  13. Ashmiru Predicshon Josiah says

    Chelsea 3 J Mata,F Torres,E Hazard-1 Corithians

    1. says

      Cor 1 chelsea 4

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  14. Tonmark says

    This is final match both team will like to played it out hard is not an easy game the side that map out a correct game plan will be the club world cup champions

  15. Anonymous says

    Chelsea will win no matter what

  16. Debro! says

    Why Lampard???? F……..k, CFC…KTBFFH !!

  17. CorinthiansBR says

    corinthians is the best, no more words

    1. NeverGivingUp says

      we were careless and distracted sucker.. plus.. benitez is hopeless

  18. Erlangga says

    What I’ve done is put a camera on the trpoid in our bedroom aimed at a small table on our deck with some nuts and seeds on it and when I catch a glimpse of a chickadee, or junco or cardinal I’ve been snapping some pictures..I haven’t got a blue jay yet Diane

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