RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: CORINTHIANS V CHELSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five things from our Japanese adventure that got him thinking…
1. The result was disappointing, having travelled a long, long way, and I hope it won't affect the players in forthcoming games. We should have a big enough squad to cope, but the players will be exhausted from the travelling if nothing else.
2. The squad will be pleased to get back. The disappointment of losing is quickly rectified by the next game, against Leeds. That's a game on paper we should be able to deal with, and they could get the backlash from the Japanese disappointment. Getting focused again will not be too difficult, and they will be looking forward to playing the game. We can't take that game for granted though, or start slowly. If we start quickly and score within the first 10 or 15 minutes we can then take control of the game and put them in their place.
3. I thought David Luiz did well in midfield, but what I would say is that Monterrey, the opposition in the semi-final, weren't particularly tough, they didn't pressurise him when he was on the ball, so he cant be judged too much on it. Now we've tried it though, maybe we can try it again and see how he does. It gives Rafa Benitez an extra string to his bow if he needs it. More often than not David Luiz will be needed at centre-back, and he played very well there on Sunday. Predominantly that is his position, but when everyone is available, or when there are problems in midfield, as there are now, I would like to see him given another go in midfield.
4. We were the better team against Corinthians. The chances we had mean we should have got something from the game, but we weren't clinical enough in front of goal, in some great positions. The Fernando Torres chance close to the end could have brought us level and given us extra-time, but unfortunately we didn't get the breaks and that's the biggest disappointment on the day.
5. Frank Lampard is super-fit, even at 34, and it's good to see him back in the team. Over the last couple of seasons, and with JT and Ashley Cole as well, when they're not in the side we've needed them, and they proved they can still cut it. That experience and knowledge, with a little awareness of those around them, the younger players,who need a bit of instruction on the pitch, is important, and Frank put in a very good performance on Sunday. He is the ideal person for this, and he will be able to gee the other players up for Leeds, as he did in Japan.