Juan Mata: Chelsea full of confidence after fightback at Man United
Juan Mata says Chelsea are full of confidence after the Blues fought back to earn an FA Cup replay against Manchester United
Juan Mata insists Chelsea are full of confidence after the Blues fought back to earn an FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United.
The west Londoners found themselves 2-0 down after just 11 minutes at Old Trafford as Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney got the hosts off to the perfect start.
But Eden Hazard’s curling effort and Ramires’ cool finish drew Chelsea level, before Mata saw his last-gasp shot saved by David De Gea following a spirited fightback from Rafael Benítez’s men.
United will now travel to Stamford Bridge for a replay, with Manchester City lying in wait for the victors.
And Mata is sure the Blues can draw on the positives from Sunday’s exciting clash at Old Trafford.
“It seemed it was going to be a very long match for us, but this team never give up as we showed until the final whistle,” Mata wrote on his blog.
“We tried to score the third one until the very end. It would’ve been the perfect comeback, but now we have to play Manchester United again, this time in our stadium.
“I still remember our 5-4 victory in the Capital One Cup a few months ago. I hope we can win and get to the semis at Wembley as we did last season.”
Chelsea host Steaua Bucharest looking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit in their Europa League last-16 second leg on Thursday.
And Mata believes the Blues are in good shape ahead of that clash.
“The team is full of confidence ahead of our Europa League match, I’m sure about that,” Mata added.
“We are willing to try another comeback against Steaua Bucharest. With our supporters behind us we can make it. We need to have another magical night at the Bridge.”