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Chelsea 'terrific incentive' – Carona



Monterrey winger Jesus Corona says the chance to become the first team from Central and North America to reach a Club World Cup final is a huge incentive as the Mexicans prepare to take on Chelsea.

The 19-year-old winger, who has just a handful of appearances for the CONCACAF champions, was drafted in at short notice to face Ulsan Hyundai in the quarterfinals after prolific striker Humberto Suazo was ruled out with injury.

He made an instant impact against the Asian champions on Sunday, notching an early goal to set Monterrey on their way to overcoming last year's disappointing exit at the same stage.

Now the youngster is relishing the opportunity to dump European champions Chelsea out of the Japan showpiece when they meet in the semifinals at Yokohama International Stadium on Thursday.

"I always watch them on TV and it's a terrific incentive to be playing a team like that," he told Fifa.com.

"We know that no CONCACAF team has ever reached the Fifa Club World Cup final before and that's going to spur us on ever more."

CONCACAF is the governing body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

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