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Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez unhappy at missed chances against Corinthians

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Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez admitted that his team’s finishing let them down in the Fifa Club World Cup final defeat to Corinthians on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.

Chelsea spurned a number of good chances in the game against the South American champions, for whom goalkeeper Cássio had the game of his life.

"They had one clear chance and they scored and we didn't take our chances. That was the difference," Benitez told BBC Sport after the game.

"We had four very good opportunities. Their goalkeeper was man of the match."

Chelsea’s defeat means that Manchester United are the only British club to have won the Club World Cup, when they beat Colombian side LDU Quito 1-0 in the 2008 final.

Benitez, who won this competition with Inter Milan in 2010, but lost as Liverpool manager in 2005, also aimed a little dig at the Brazilian side for their approach to the final.

"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."

 
 

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