Posted: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:59 AM

Chelsea dealing with jet leg ahead of semifinal

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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -Chelsea is struggling to get over jet lag ahead of Thursday's Club World Cup semifinal against Monterrey of Mexico.

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez says the team is still adjusting to the time change after arriving on Sunday on the long trip from London.

He says "my players are focusing on trying to sleep.''

The Spaniard adds "we are trying to adapt to the time, pitch and ball. Everything is new.''

As Champions League winner, Chelsea is seeded into the semifinals along with South American champion Corinthians. The Brazilian side beat Egypt's Al-Ahly 1-0 on Wednesday to advance to the final.

Chelsea will meet CONCACAF champion Monterrey in Yokohama. The Mexican side defeated Asian Champions League winner Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

 
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