MATA: NEVER GIVE UP

Posted on: Sun 08 Apr 2012

Juan Mata believes that with the help of a little bit of luck, perseverance paid off against Wigan on Saturday.

The Spaniard scored an injury-time winner against Roberto Martinez's side to take us closer to the Champions League places in the Barclays Premier League, after Branislav Ivanovic's offside opener had been cancelled out by Mohamed Diame's late leveller.

We now face Fulham at Craven Cottage this evening knowing that if results go our way we could be back in the top four.

'We are Chelsea and Chelsea never give up and we showed it with our performance,' the 23-year-old said. 'It wasn't our best game but we fought until the end and we have the three points..

'It was a tough game, fighting for the 90 minutes, 92, because we were trying to score, we had enough chances to score before, we didn't do it and we suffered but finally we have three very important points to be fighting for the third and fourth position.

'We are in a crucial moment. In the next weeks we are playing in the FA Cup semi-final, Champions League, still fighting for third and fourth,' Mata said. 'The faith is more important than the muscles, and we are training well to be ready for Monday.'

More rotation is expected from Roberto Di Matteo, who made seven changes to his side for Saturday's game from that which beat Benfica on Wednesday.

'It's logical, because we have 24, 25 players ready to play and everyone deserves these minutes. On Saturday it was a different 11 from the other day but we are all ready to play.

'We have confidence now, confidence that results gave to us. We are on a good run without playing very well. We can play better than we did against Wigan but the three points are more important.

'Our priority now is Fulham. There is still life in three competitions and we have very important games in the FA Cup and next week against Barcelona but we are only looking at Fulham now - that is our priority.

'We are still alive in three competitions and we have very important games in the FA Cup and next week against Barcelona but we are only looking at Fulham now.'