Benitez upbeat ahead of CWC Monterrey match

JACK GALLAGHER Associated Press Published:

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Despite a disappointing end to its Champions League defense last week, Chelsea's newly-hired manager Rafael Benitez denies carrying undue pressure into Thursday's Club World Cup semifinal against Mexican club Monterrey.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's first training session in Japan following its 3-1 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday, Benitez said cryptically "with the economic crisis around the world everybody is under pressure."

The Spaniard, who became Chelsea's eighth manager in nine and a half years after replacing Roberto Di Matteo last month, added, "I have stress, but we will do our best to win the next game and the game after that."

Chelsea, which arrived in Japan Sunday, is seeded into the semifinals along with South American champion Corinthians of Brazil.