Juan Mata knows the importance of picking ourselves up quickly when we travel to Leeds in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final.
The Spaniard, like his team-mates, felt the full effect of defeat to Corinthians in Sunday’s Club World Cup final, and having flown back to England on Monday, faces a huge test to be ready for Elland Road, in a fixture famed for its intensity.
‘We came to Japan to try to win this trophy and in the end we are not champions. Corinthians won and we are really sad,’ admitted the playmaker. ‘They were very competitive, but we had chances to score, at least three clear chances, but it wasn’t possible.
‘We’re all really sad, but we have to rest as much as we can now and be ready on Wednesday to play,’ Mata added.
‘We have to carry on, continue trying to win as many matches as we can, try to win the next game against Leeds away which is going to be tough.
‘We want to win this competition as well. When we arrive in England we have to be ready for the Leeds game.
‘It’s an important game. Chelsea is a big club and we want to win a lot of trophies.’
Mata also explained the squad is aware of the rivalry between the two clubs.
‘We know the history between Chelsea and Leeds. They are always difficult games, talking with the supporters, but we want to play and if possible to win. Frank Lampard told me about it, from the 1970s.’
We have not met Leeds since 2004, and with only Swansea from the top half of the Barclays Premier League remaining in the Capital One Cup, the other sides being Aston Villa and League Two Bradford City, we have an excellent chance of lifting the season’s first domestic silverware at Wembley in February.
First though, we must overcome what will surely be a fired-up Leeds in Yorkshire. You will be able to follow the game, as usual, right here on the Chelsea website with the opportunity to listen live to Chelsea TV’s commentary and discuss the action with fellow fans.