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Win over Manchester United ´like a final´, says Mata

6 May 2013 11:01

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has compared his side's victory over Manchester United on Sunday to winning a cup final.

The Spaniard's deflected 86th-minute strike ensured Rafael Benitez's men ran out 1-0 winners at Old Trafford to move up to third place in Premier League.

And Mata has underlined the importance of the win to Chelsea's prospects of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

"It's a very important victory for us. It was like a final," he said. "We have another great game in the week we will try to win and try to be closer to our aim, which is to be third.

"I am scoring more goals than ever. I am really happy but the only thing I want is to keep scoring, assisting and helping my team until the end. Chelsea deserves to play in the UEFA Champions League next season. If we play together I think we can do it."

The Spain international went on to admit that his side had not been at their peak, but hailed the character shown to grab three points.

"It wasn't our best game, it was a bit slow in the first half but we fought to the end and scored after 86 minutes which is important," he said. "The other team had no time to react. We were together and now we can get ready for Wednesday.

"It can be a good season for us if we finish third and win a trophy."

Chelsea will all but secure a top-four finish with a win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
5 May 2013
Game week
36
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
75500

Goals

0 - 1
87' P. Jones (OG)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
15 52'
3
6
2 89'
4 81' 87'
7
11
8
23
20
Coach: A. Ferguson
# Player Bookings
1
3
2
4 86'
28
8
7
13
11
29
10
Coach: Rafael Benítez

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
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10
14
1
5
22
26
# Player Bookings
9
57
19
22
24
26
30

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