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Mata: Chelsea form comes first

Mata scored twice against Spurs. (©GettyImages)
Mata scored twice against Spurs. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata insists he won't let his recent omission from the Spain national team squad get to him, after he came back to haunt Andre Villas-Boas by scoring twice in the Blues' 4-2 demolition of Tottenham on Saturday.

With Spurs leading 2-1 at White Hart Lane, the 24-year-old swung the game in the visitors' favour, when he netted a quick-fire brace in just over two minutes, before setting up Daniel Sturridge to seal the three points in injury time.

The latest in a series of stunning Mata performances, came two weeks after he was overlooked by La Roja boss Vicente del Bosque for the World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France, making his omission all the more surprising.

However, when questioned on the subject, the Chelsea star said he is unconcerned by his international exclusion, and instead wants to focus solely on his form in west London this season. Then, the rest should take care for itself.

"I don't know (whether anyone was watching from Spain). I just try to improve with every Chelsea game I play," Mata was quoted by the London Evening Standard. "I just wanted to do my best for my team and in this moment I am feeling really well.

"I had another chance for a goal but Fernando (Torres) was in a better position than me to score. But the most important thing for me was victory. Before the game we wanted to stay top of the league and we are still there."

The victory helped strengthen Chelsea's grip at the top of the Premier League table ahead of next weekend's crunch clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Red Devils are currently four points adrift of the Blues, who have been praised for playing the most attractive, attacking football in the league in 2012/13.

"It's important we keep our philosophy of how we want to win games," Di Matteo explained. "Going behind (against Spurs) made it hard for us but we believe in our capabilities.

"It's not the first time we have come from behind to win. It was a very exciting game, a typical London derby with two good teams in good form. We lost control of the game and there was concern, but we came back."

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