Juan Mata still buzzing after Chelsea’s comeback against Southampton
Juan Mata reveals his delight at helping Chelsea fight back from a goal down to beat Southampton on Sunday
Juan Mata revealed his delight at helping Chelsea fight back from a goal down to beat Southampton on Sunday.
The 25-year-old was restored to the starting line-up and played the full 90 minutes as goals from Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba cancelled out Jay Rodriguez’s early opener at Stamford Bridge.
The win moved Jose Mourinho’s men up to second place in the Premier League table, four points behind leaders Arsenal.
And Mata, who had only started five league games ahead of Sunday’s clash, could hardly contain his joy after the west Londoners secured a “significant” victory.
“I’m still excited after the team’s comeback against Southampton. [It was] one of those victories that boosts your morale,” Mata wrote on his blog on grada360.com.
“It means a lot to me, especially because of the strength you [the fans] sent to me before and after the game.
“Being able to win this way, at the Bridge and [against] one of the top teams in the Premier right now, is always significant, especially when you are on the pitch to help the team.”
The Spain international continued: “I felt really well during the game and I’m happy for helping my team to win.
“The truth is that Southampton showed why they are the surprise success story in the Premiership this season.
“We allowed them to score an early goal so we had to double our efforts. We created good chances in the first half but we couldn’t take them.
“After the break, we were a solid team and we managed to score three nice goals.”