Goalkeeper Cech backs Chelsea to recover

Goalkeeper Petr Cech says Chelsea will recover quickly from falling out of the Champions League.

England and Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole. Picture: AFP.

TOKYO Goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Chelsea will quickly rediscover their form after an alarming slide which saw the holders' crash out of the Champions League at the group stage.

The London club travel to Japan after Saturday's visit to Sunderland to play at the Club World Cup with intense pressure on interim coach Rafael Benitez to deliver.

Bringing back the trophy would help ease tension on the beleaguered Spaniard, a largely unpopular appointment among fans because of his time as manager of Liverpool.

"Not many people can say 'I won the Club World Cup' - the special competition of the Champions League winners," Cech told FIFA.com.

"We have experienced players in the team - the guys from Spain have won the World Cup, the European championship and the Champions League.

"I hope, after missing out on the Super Cup, it will be a trophy we win. With all this experience we will handle the situation."

Chelsea finally recorded a victory under Benitez at the fourth time of asking in midweek in a 6-1 rout of Nordsjaelland, although it was in vain.

After becoming the first European Champions League holders to exit at the group stage, Chelsea's 12,000-mile round trip to the Far East takes on added importance.

FIFA's seven-team competition gives Chelsea an opportunity to win some silverware, although a potential final against South American champions Corinthians stands in their way.

"Everybody was saying we are a great club, having won all the domestic trophies," added Cech. "But this is the one thing everybody kept reminding us about, not the Champions League.

"It will be a new tournament for us. We wanted to make sure that we got it one day. We will face a different style with the team from South America."

Chelsea first have to negotiate their semi-final against either Mexico's Monterrey or Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea in Yokohama on 13 December.