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Thu Apr 24 01:35:34 SAST 2014

Benitez not mulling over loss

TEAMtalk Media | 17 December, 2012 12:310 Comments
Emerson of Corinthians passes through Frank Lampard of Chelsea during the FIFA Club World Cup Final Match between Corinthians and Chelsea at International Stadium Yokohama on December 16, 2012 in Yokohama, Japan. \
Image by: Kaz Photography / Getty Images

Rafael Benitez reckons Chelsea can ill-afford to dwell on their Club World Cup disappointment with two crucial matches on the horizon.

The Blues were looking to become only the second English club to lift the trophy following Manchester United's triumph in 2008.

However, the European champions were undone by Paolo Guerrero's 68th minute header at the Yokohama Stadium on Sunday.

Their misery was compounded late on when Gary Cahill was sent-off following an off-the-ball incident and he will now miss out on Chelsea's clash at Leeds on Wednesday.

The west Londoners travel to Elland Road for their Capital One Cup tie, with a Premier League encounter with Aston Villa soon after.

After their fourth failure to land a trophy already this season, Benitez now faces the unenviable task of psyching his players up for their domestic obligations.

"We will go back, we will have a game against Leeds and then against Aston Villa," the Blues interim boss said.

"So we carry on trying to be strong, mentally. We'll have some [disappointed] hours after the defeat.

"But, after that, we have to be ready."

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