Mata has Chelsea cup confidence

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Juan Mata is confident Chelsea can end a difficult season with a flourish by bringing a trophy back to Stamford Bridge.


The Blues have an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham in the middle of next month and have one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating Benfica 1-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final in Portugal.


It was a very good performance by Roberto di Matteo’s side and it looks as though cup competitions have helped the Chelsea side regain some of the confidence and belief that was lost during the short reign of Andre Villas-Boas.


"Why not, why not?” said Mata when asked if the Stamford Bridge side could win one of the competitions they were in.


“It will not be easy, but we are alive and are fighting for the Champions League and FA Cup.”


Cup success is providing something of an escape for Chelsea, as their Premier League campaign threatens to be a failure by finishing outside of the top four for the first time since 2002.


They are currently lying in fifth place, five points behind Spurs in the final Champions League spot, and have been struggling for consistency in the league for much of the season but Mata is determined they will finish strongly.


“We will try to finish the Premier League in third or fourth position and will fight for that,” he added.


“Every player is involved to achieve our objectives in the FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League.”


This situation is in stark contrast to a few weeks ago when they were facing a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Napoli in the previous round, as well as an FA Cup replay at Birmingham City.


As it was, they managed to win both ties and the win in Portugal this week has given the club a bit more of a spring in their step.

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