Chelsea sailed smoothly into the final of the FIFA Club World Cup this afternoon after a relatively easy 3-1 victory over Mexican side – and CONCACAF Champions League winners – CF Monterrey.
Juan Mata struck first for the Premier League team after receiving the ball from Ashley Cole before hitting the back of the net from 15 yards. The beleaguered Torres continued his comeback in form – after two goals at Sunderland last weekend – with a fortuitous deflection making it 2-0 at the International Stadium in Yokohama. A Darvin Chavez own-goal gave Chelsea a three-goal lead before Aldo de Nigris’ consolation goal in injury-time ensured the game ended 3-1 with no hope of a Mexican comeback.
Intriguingly, David Luiz stepped up and filled the void in the centre of midfield with a rather commanding display in a position that he has yet to establish as his own. Perhaps his performance against Monterrey will help solidify a new role in midfield and prove to be the panacea the Blues need in light of Oriol Romeu’s devastating season-ending injury.
Meanwhile there are other solutions on the horizon for Rafael Benitez at Stamford Bridge. As their semi-final win sets up a meeting with Corinthians, the West London club might yet be able to glimpse the talents of Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho first-hand. The Copa Libertadores winner has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.