Juan Mata: Chelsea must forget about Everton defeat

Juan Mata tells Chelsea to put defeat at Everton behind them as they prepare to kick off their Champions League campaign

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Juan Mata signed for Chelsea from Valencia in August 2011

Juan Mata has urged Chelsea to put Saturday’s defeat at Everton behind them as they prepare to kick off their Champions League campaign.

The Blues stuttered to their first loss of the Premier League season at Goodison Park as Steven Naismith’s first-half goal handed Everton their first win under new boss Roberto Martínez.

But with Jose Mourinho’s men set to host Basel in their first Champions League group game on Wednesday, Mata has called on the west Londoners to forget about the weekend’s loss.

“We’re starting of one of those weeks we’ve been so used to in the last season, with two consecutive games in just a few days,” Mata wrote in his blog, One Hour Behind.

“And, to be honest, I believe this is the best way to move on after being defeated at Goodison Park, our first defeat in the Premier League.

“It’s always tough to play in that stadium; last season we were the only team that won there, but we couldn’t do the same this time.

“I think we had enough chances to score in the first half, yet we didn’t, and in the last minute before the break we were punished by Naismith’s goal. At the end we couldn’t tie the score and we lost. We have to learn from this defeat.

“As I said before, 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.”

Mata, who was substituted in the second half at Goodison Park, also said that he is returning to full fitness after struggling with a thigh problem.

“I can confirm that I’m feeling good after the muscular problems I’ve been suffering since pre-season,” he added.

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