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Mata hails 'top' Chelsea attacking playmakers

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Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has revealed he loves playing alongside Oscar, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard forms part of key attacking trio at Stamford Bridge, and scored two as Roberto Di Matteo's beat Tottenham 4-2 at White Hart Lane at the weekend.

£32m man Eden Hazard was excellent again for the Blues, and laid on one of Mata's goals with a delightful through ball.

And Mata has admitted he's thriving in a Chelsea team with so much creative attacking talent.

"The three behind the striker always try to play with movement, swapping positions and trying to assist our striker," Mata said in the Daily Star.

"That is what we did against Tottenham. We have to work in training, but we have players who play like this naturally as well.

"The three of us play more or less the same way and I'm really enjoying it. I don't think it is a surprise. I knew Oscar, Hazard and Fernando [Torres] - the players who play here are top players."

Roman Abramovich invested heavily this summer to strengthen Di Matteo's team, overhauling a tired, ageing squad with vibrant, young, creative players.

Hazard came in for more than £30m, while Brazil star Oscar cost the Russian tycoon another £25m. Add to the mix ex-Wigan forward Victor Moses, and the best part of £70m was spent by Di Matteo on forward players.

But still no direct competition for lone forward Fernando Torres. The Spain international has started the season in good form, after struggling to displace Didier Drogba from the Chelsea starting lineup last season.

But with only Danny Sturridge as back-up for Torres, Di Matteo could find himself short of options up front should injury or suspension strike.

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