The FIFA Club World is a competition played every year amongst the champions of each continent of the world. Chelsea qualified for this year's edition of the competition when they clinched the UEFA Champions League trophy last May. The Blues are yet to find out the teams they will be facing in the competition as only two other teams have qualified so far.
Al Ahly will represent Africa after winning their record 10th CAF Champions League trophy, while the Auckland FC from the Oceanics will also feature after winning their 6th OFC Champions League in a row.
The Asian continent will be represented by the winners of the AFC Champions League which is presently at the quarter final stage, while South America will be represented by the winners of the Copa Libertadores final between Palmeiras and Flamengo - both teams from Brazil.
Chelsea could face four of their former players if their teams qualify from those two continents.
1. David Luiz
The veteran Brazilian center back enjoyed 2 successful stints at Stamford Bridge where he lifted the Premier League, Champions League, 2 Europa Leagues and 2 FA Cup trophies. He joined Arsenal in 2019 and when his contract with them expired last season, he opted to return back to his home country.
Now at 34 years , Luiz is the leader of the back line for Flamengo and has successfully guided them to the Copa Libertadores final. He will be hoping to win it so that he can have a little reunion with his Chelsea friends at the FIFA Club World Cup tournament.
2. Filipe Luís
The left back specialist was a part of the Chelsea team that won the Premier League and league cup double under Jose Mourinho in 2014/15. He moved back to his home country to join Flamengo in 2019 and has been a major part of their first team.
He is still going strong at the age of 36 and will hoping to fire his team to continental glory so he can face off against his former employers.
Kenedy is also a player for Flamengo, although he is on a season long loan from Chelsea. The 25 year old winger will be eligible to play against his parent club at the Club World Cup if his team qualifies.
4. Mukhtar Ali
Mukhtar Abdullahi Ali is a professional footballer, of Somali origin, who plays as a midfielder for Al-Nassr and the Saudi Arabia national team. He was born in Jeddah but moved to London at a young age, where he would later join the Chelsea academy.
His current club, Al-Nassr are one of the teams that stand a chance of representing the Asian continent at the FIFA Club World tournament. They are currently in the quarter final stage of the AFC Champions League where they will take on Al Wahda FC (from UAE).
Chelsea Need To Be Weary
Chelsea will be considered as clear favorites to win the Club World Cup, no matter the teams that qualify from the various continents. However, they will need to thread carefully and not underrate any opponent because the last time they played in this tournament, they were shocked by Corinthians - a team from Brazil.
The Club World Cup is still the only honor missing from the club's illustrious trophy cabinet and Thomas Tuchel has been given a mandate to win it this year. I will advice the German tactician to play his best legs for all the matches, especially if they come up against their former players who know the club inside out.
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