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Dec 12, 2012

Monterrey boss targets historic win

Monterrey boss Victor Manuel Vucetich said beating Chelsea at the Club World Cup would be the greatest moment in the history of Mexican club football.

"We want to make history," Vucetich said Wednesday. "I know our rivals very well but we believe in our own strengths. I believe we can win and we will try our best."

The winner of Thursday's semifinal will face Corinthians in the final on Dec. 16 at Japan's Yokohama Stadium. The Brazilian team beat Egypt's Al-Ahly, 1-0, in the other semifinal.

European champions Chelsea is the overwhelming favorite to reach the final at the expense of their CONCACAF counterparts.

The last Premier League club to lose big at this tournament was Manchester United at the inaugural event in 2000. Manchester United was held to a draw by Monterrey's Mexican rivals Necaxa en route to crashing out.

Vucetich said a win against Chelsea would top that and become the most important club result in his country's history.

"Yes, without question," he said. "The Necaxa game in Rio, I remember that."

The year 2012 has already been historic for Mexican football after the national team's success at the London Olympics.

Vucetich spoke Wednesday alongside two of the heroes of that Wembley triumph, defenders Hiram Mier and Darvin Chavez.

Mier said: The Olympics were something when our dreams came true and we've kept it going by winning the CONCACAF tournament, and now we're here hoping to be champions."

Chavez added: "Since my childhood I'd been dreaming of playing Brazil and at Wembley stadium. "To have done that and actually won a gold medal, that was a very special moment for me."

The final saw Mexico stun Brazil, whose team included Chelsea star Oscar.

Mier said: "Outside Mexico, we are able to play a very high level football and that's because of the confidence we gained in London.

"In this tournament, the matches and opponents are very tough but we want to fulfil our responsibilities and do our best."

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