After helping the Blues book our place in the FIFA Club World Cup final, Juan Mata spoke about maintaining momentum in the quest to become world champions with a victory over Brazilian side Corinthians on Sunday.
Rafael Benitez’s side ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Monterrey in Yokohama, and it was the Spaniard who set us on our way with a well-taken strike on 17 minutes, before two goals in the space of a couple of minutes early in the second half put us out of sight.
It was our third successive win in little over a week, but Mata, who has now scored 11 goals in all competitions, believes there is more to come, both collectively and on a personal level.
‘We are in a good moment after three wins, we are looking forward to the final now and hopefully that will be the fourth,’ he told the official Chelsea website. ‘We are full of confidence and we are looking to be world champions.
‘We tried to start the second half well, we did it with two goals and at 3-0 it was easier to play.
‘I’m very happy with results, what we have to do now is try to improve, and I must try to provide more assists and score some more goals.’
Mata, who also had a hand in our third goal, celebrated the opener by raising six fingers in tribute to Oriol Romeu – the midfielder’s squad number – who was ruled out for six months earlier this week after sustaining a knee injury against Sunderland.
The two are very close, and Mata felt it was the very least he could do given what his friend is currently going through.
‘I’ve spoken with him,’ he explained. ‘He’s a very strong guy. I’m sure he will be fit as soon as possible because he will train so hard. My goal was for him and he deserves everything.’
A clip of Mata’s post-match interview with Chelsea TV can be viewed above with the full interview available now via the channel’s online access.