Chelsea will wait to hear from FIFA on their plans for the Club World Cup after Japan decided to pull out of hosting the tournament despite successfully staging the Olympics Games and Paralympics in the past two months. The decision has been made following the country’s decision to extend emergency COVID-19 restrictions in Tokyo and other regions of Japan until at least the end of the month.
The Blues were set to join the likes of Al Ahly from Egypt and New Zealand’s Auckland City in the Far East this December.
It’s a competition Chelsea know well from back in 2012 when they were beaten 1-0 in the final by Brazilian side Corinthians.
This time around, the European champions are hopeful of returning to London with the trophy but as of now, there is widespread uncertainty surrounding this year’s competition.
FIFA have confirmed in a statement that Japan will no longer play host to this year’s event, with alternative plans now under discussion.
Chelsea are automatically set to enter at the semi-final stage, meaning they will have to win just two matches to reign supreme.
Thomas Tuchel has already enjoyed his fair share of success since replacing Frank Lampard at the helm back in January.
He helped steer Chelsea over the line and into the top-four last season, a proposition that looked highly unlikely at the time of his arrival.
While Chelsea were beaten in the FA Cup final against Leicester at Wembley, they did eventually make amends by beating Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League final in Porto.
Furthermore, the European champions then back that up by beating Villarreal on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final last month in Belfast.
Now Tuchel’s men will be targeting more silverware later in the year just a matter of months before the season’s conclusion.
Come the end of the season, Chelsea will be hoping to deliver on all fronts as they target more trophies under Tuchel.