Chelsea enter Sunday's final at the Club World Cup off the back of a routine victory over the Mexican side Monterrey.
Benitez is generating some momentum, even if Nordsjælland, Sunderland and Los Rayados are not considered the highest quality of opponents.
Corinthians will pose a sterner test and will assume the role as a "home" side in Japan, outnumbering the Blues supporters by far. The Timão are one of the most popular teams in the world and are estimated to have brought up to 30,000 fans to Yokohama.
One of the biggest findings from the semifinal for Chelsea was the deployment of David Luiz as a defensive midfielder.
It proved to be a success, briefly, during the Champions League game with Nordsjælland, and Luiz relished the opportunity to play there again on Thursday. So with the re-emergence of Frank Lampard from injury, it's going to be fascinating whether Benitez maintains the Brazilian in this role.
Here is how Benitez will probably set up the side for the final on Sunday.