By FOX SPORTS staff
Following their unexpected and recent defeat against Basel, the pressure was on for the squad from Stamford Bridge to up their game and pull out a winner against Steaua Bucharest in their Group E Champion’s League match.
The Blues responded in spades in the form of Andre Schurrle and Juan Mata, who produced some of their best displays for their team to date. The German constantly harassed the Steaua defence while Mata, playing in a central role, was integral to much of Chelsea’s dominance in the 4-0 stunner at the National Arena.
"It was very important, we lost the first game against Basel and this was a must-win game," said the 22-year-old. "We created chances and scored four goals which was very important. We played with confidence and were always looking to finish. It was a deserved win, 4-0 was a good result because we scored goals but I think we could have scored more."
"I always want to start and to play, the manager knows that. It's good for me that I started and I hope I played well, but the most important thing was to get the three points because we needed them. I try to give my best on the pitch and show my qualities, that's all I can do."
Mata rewarded Mourinho’s faith in him with a stellar performance in the first half of the match, including some exceptional play-making in the final third of their face-off with Steaua. Despite not making the first eleven against Fulham, Juan Mata looks set to play a more than integral role in Chelsea for the remainder of the campaign.
"I think after the defeat against Basel, which was a painful defeat, we needed to win today," he explained. "From the first minute you could see we wanted to win. We scored twice in the first half and another two in the second half, I think we played really well and it's going to be better in the future because this result gives us confidence."
The duo’s performance placed Chelsea back in its old routine and looking in shape to perform in the next few Champion’s League matches.
"I just keep going, train well and prepare for every game," Mata continued. "I just have to do my best in training and in games. It's important to play with the ball and without the ball, but I'm very happy and looking forward to playing a lot of games throughout the season."
"I try to improve every season, my first and second seasons were fantastic but I want this one to be even better so I will try to improve, score goals, assist and do what I have to do."