Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v Chelsea

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Veltins Arena

Last Game

Schalke 0 - 5 Chelsea

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Mata desperate for action

Juan Mata is desperate for some Champions League action as Chelsea look to beat Basle on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 16/09/13 at 17:14 Post Comment

Juan Mata: 'Feeling good' ahead of Basel match

Juan Mata: 'Feeling good' ahead of Basel match

Juan Mata is desperate for some Champions League action as Chelsea look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season by beating Basle on Wednesday.

Everton forward Steven Naismith scored in first-half injury time on Saturday to tear up Jose Mourinho's unbeaten record since he returned to Stamford Bridge.

Mata has endured a difficult start to the season under Mourinho, starting just two games despite being named player of the season for the previous two campaigns.

Indeed the 25-year-old playmaker, who has recently been dropped from the Spain squad, is yet to finish a game for the Blues this season and has been an unused substitute on three occasions.

Part of the reason behind Mata's absence has been because of a niggling thigh injury he suffered at the Confederations Cup, but he is now fit and ready to help Chelsea begin their quest to win their third European trophy in as many years.

"I can confirm that I'm feeling good after the muscular problems I've been suffering since pre-season," the Chelsea midfielder wrote on his personal blog.

"After one defeat you just want the next match to come as soon as possible, and probably the Champions League is the best way.

"I really want to live a night like this at Stamford Bridge. It's a different feeling, even more since we won the title two years ago.This competition brings great memories to all of us and makes us feel really excited.

"I'm looking forward to playing at home again and I hope we win so we can face the next Premier League game with a good taste.

"The next few weeks ahead are very intense: five games in just 14 days. In order to get ready for them it is very important to get confidence and to be positive."

Chelsea beat Basle 5-2 on aggregate in the Europa League semi-finals last season.

Eden Hazard, who started in both legs, admits it would be unthinkable for a club of Chelsea's stature to lose two games in a row.

"We have another game on Wednesday in the Champions League and we need to win because Chelsea is a big club and if we lose two games it's very bad for us," the Belgium winger said on Chelsea's website.

"We need to work in training to help us win that game."


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Lionel Messi breaks goalscoring record as PSG win

Lionel Messi became the Champions League's all-time record scorer as Barcelona thrashed APOEL Nicosia, while PSG won.

Champions League: Mourinho hails Chelsea team performance after Schalke demolition

Jose Mourinho hailed Chelsea's "complete" performance after their 5-0 demolition of Schalke.

Champions League: Aguero treble stuns Bayern

Sergio Aguero's last-gasp heroics earned Manchester City a thrilling 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich at the Etihad.

Mail Box

Counter-Attacks: Making Me Fall In Love Again

There is a good deal of love for counter-attacking goals, plus some sympathy for Arsene Wenger, heaping the praise on Chunky Pardew too early and why Klopp > Rodgers...

There's Excitement In Toon Again...

We have mails on a young, vibrant Newcastle side along with the usual woe from those in the red of Liverpool and Arsenal. We just love having the Premier League back...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property