Benitez brushes off Chelsea pressure in Japan



Reuters

Published — Tuesday 11 December 2012

Last update 11 December 2012 3:39 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

YOKOHAMA: Chelsea interim coach Rafael Benitez feels no pressure to win the Club World Cup in Japan despite his team crashing out of the Champions League in midweek, the Spaniard said yeseterday.
Benitez, runner-up as Liverpool manager at the 2005 Club World Cup in Japan, brushed off fears that a slip-up this time might cost him his job.
“With the economic crisis around the world everybody is under pressure,” he told reporters after Chelsea’s arrival in the Far East.
“I don’t have a problem with pressure. The future is the next game and the one after that.”
Chelsea face Mexico’s Monterrey in Yokohama on Thursday, and will hope to meet either South American champions Corinthians or Egypt’s Al-Ahly in the final on Dec. 16.
“It’s a massive competition,” Benitez said. “Everybody here has the same idea as me — to win every trophy.
“It doesn’t matter if we are in the Champions League or not,” added Benitez, who won the Club World Cup with Inter Milan in 2010 in Abu Dhabi.
“It’s a great opporunity and we’re here to win. We won our last two games and we’re playing well.”
With striker Fernando Torres rediscovering his scoring touch with four goals in two games, including two in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Sunderland, Benitez backed his players to continue their recent improvement.
“Fernando is in a good position now because the team is creating more chances and because the team is doing well,” said Benitez, who replaced the sacked Roberto Di Matteo last month.
“I can communicate with him in a different way and work with him but the main thing is his team mates playing well.”
Goalkeeper Petr Cech said the dethroned European champions could live with the pressure of being labelled favorites to win the Club World Cup at the first attempt.
“We came to win the competition and will try to prove it on the pitch,” he said.
“You can only play in this competition if you win the Champions League and I’ve had to wait eight years to get here.
“As the boss said, the last two results were very good for us so we’ll try to carry that momentum and hope it takes us through.”
Cech also gave the goal-line technology being used in Japan by FIFA for the first time the thumbs-up.
“I’m very happy with the decision,” Cech said with a sideways glance at Benitez, whose Liverpool side knocked Chelsea out of the 2004-05 Champions League through Luis Garcia’s “ghost” goal.
“I’ve been saying for 10 years football needed something like this. Results of certain competitions could be different.

“As a player you would rather wait for the right decision than be disappointed at the end of the game.”

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom has shared very friendly relations with the United States since the beginning of bilateral ties in the 1930s when full diplomatic relations were established. Despite all the ups and downs in recent years on certain policies, especially on...
AL-NAIRIYA: Women in Al-Nairiya governorate have called on the government to only allow gender-based voting because they believe this would allow women to get places on the new municipal councils.Nouf Al-Otaibi, a businesswoman in the area, said men...
RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia have been allocated a package of services to ensure their development and employment, Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani said Tuesday.The minister was speaking at the first panel discussion at the second National Business...
JEDDAH: Security authorities in Turaif in the Northern Border Province have arrested a young man in his 20s for killing his parents and wounding his siblings at their house on Wednesday.The arrested man reportedly used a sharp object to kill his pare...
The Date and Palm Festival, organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ) at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City, has received more than 90,000 visitors since its launch last Thursday.In addition, on Sunday the event received mo...
JEDDAH: Over two million animals would be available for slaughter this Haj season, according to the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).Suleiman Al-Jabri, chairman of the JCCI’s livestock traders committee, said that more than 1 million sh...

Stay Connected

Facebook