After an emphatic 3-1 win against Sunderland in the league, Chelsea jetted off to Japan for the Club World Cup. The winners of the 2012 UEFA Champions League crashed out of the competition last Wednesday but can redeem themselves a bit by winning the Club World Cup. The first step on the road to redemption and Chelsea must go all out to win the competition.

The Chelsea fans experienced great highs at the beginning of the season. The teams form in the league was exceptional picking up 22 points from a possible 24. They also made the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup and were doing well in the Champions League after 4 games.

However, after a defeat to Shakhtar Donestk in the UCL set off a poor string of results in the Premier League: the side only capturing one win in eight games, the win coming on Saturday against Sunderland.

…much to the dismay of many Chelsea fans…

Ex manager Roberto Di Matteo, who led the club to their first ever UEFA Champions League title, was sacked and ex-Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, much to the dismay of many Chelsea fans, was brought in on an interim basis. Benitez’s tasks are as difficult as they come. In order to win over the fans, Benitez must win games on a consistent basis, win whatever trophies are available and revitalise Fernando Torres goal scoring woes.

Even if he succeeds in all those tasks, its highly unlikely they will keep him on as manager after this season.

…fans expect success…

To the delight of Chelsea fans, Torres has scored four in his last two games. Its early days but we could see the Fernando Torres of Liverpool make a return to the goal scoring form football fans were accustomed to seeing a few years ago.

Chelsea fans expect success and they want it now. Benitez can make a good start by winning the Club World Cup. The competition doesn’t boast the best of opponents but will challenge Chelsea and despite their current form of late, I fully expect the Blues to go all the way and win the competition. The manager expressed his admiration of the competition and his confidence Chelsea can win the cup:  “It’s a massive competition,” said Benitez, who won the tournament with Inter Milan in 2010. “I think everyone here in this club has the same idea as me, to win every trophy that you can.”

…recent losses…

Chelsea face Mexican club, Monterrery in the semi-finals with African Champions, Al- Ahly from Egypt and Brazilian side Corinthians filling out the rest of the bracket. Rafa Benitez and Chelsea must fancy their chances of winning the cup and we could see the first steps being taken in redeeming their recent losses and the revitalisation of one Fernando Torres.

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