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Chelsea will play Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup.

Thomas Tuchel will be absent owing to a Covid infection, and the Blues are in need of a win after a shaky 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Plymouth. After winning their second Champions League last year by defeating Manchester City in Porto, the Londoners are aiming to become world champions for the first time.

After defeating Corinthians 10 years ago and defeating Bayern Munich to win their first Champions League title, some Chelsea fans believe this is the last major club honor still to be won.

Al Hilal crushed Al Jazira 6-1 to reach this stage, and former Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim is hoping for an upset against Palmeiras in the final, after the Brazilians beat Al Ahly 2-0 on Tuesday.

"Being in this competition is extremely difficult; after ten years, you realize how difficult it is," Cesar Azpilicueta stated. "At the time, we lost the final. Maybe I had a different impression because it was my first season and it appeared to be easier than it is, but as time passes, you realize how difficult it is to complete the course. It's up to us to make the most of it. It'll be difficult, but we're hoping that our previous experience will aid us in this event. "I'm tremendously fired up."