Pressure mounts for Chelsea
Chelsea fritter away another trophy after losing three more in recent months.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - Losing one trophy could be regarded as misfortune but frittering away four in as many months is starting to look like carelessness of the highest order for Chelsea.
Beaten in the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup before becoming the first holders eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage, Chelsea were ambushed by Corinthians 1-0 in Sunday's Club World Cup final in Yokohama.
The London club is also 13 points off the pace in the Premier League.
Losing in Japan stung.
"It's a long way to come to lose," Frank Lampard told reporters after a final Chelsea dominated for the first hour before tiring.
"We didn't take our chances and we gave them a goal. This tournament was meaningful for us from the minute we for here.
"It is a big disappointment."
A fortuitous winner, headed home by Paolo Guerrero in the 69th minute after the ball had looped up off Gary Cahill's boot, gave Corinthians the title.
Chelsea's players slumped to the turf at the final whistle.
The resurgence of striker Fernando Torres, who had scored five goals in his previous three games - against Nordsjaelland, Sunderland and Monterrey, was put into sharp perspective.
"You have to try and find positives," said interim coach Rafael Benitez, whose side play at Leeds United in the League Cup on Wednesday after a 6,000-mile flight back to London.
"Fernando had the chances.
"He scored a goal that was disallowed.
"He has to take these chances in a final because it's not easy to create too many in games like this."
"If you have two or three, you have to score. But at least he was winning a lot of balls in the air, he was fresh, and you could see that physically he is improving."