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Juan Mata is desperate to get back on the pitch and see some Champions League action as Chelsea look to secure victory over Basle on Wednesday.

After a 1-0 defeat this weekend against Everton the Blues are looking to bounce back in the Champions League clash and Spanish playmaker Mata has expressed his desire to play in the game.

"I really want to live a night like this at Stamford Bridge. It's a different feeling, even more since we won the title two years ago. This competition brings great memories to all of us and makes us feel really excited," Mata told the official CFC website.

The 25-year-old Spaniard has endured a difficult start to the season under Mourinho's regime, starting just two games despite being named Player of the Season for the previous two campaigns.

Mata is yet to finish a game for the Blues this season and has been an unused substitute on three occasions.

The midfielder sustained a thigh injury in the Confederations Cup but stated that he has regained full fitness and is ready to help Chelsea in this years pursuit for silverware.

"I can confirm that I'm feeling good after the muscular problems I've been suffering since pre-season," the Chelsea midfielder wrote on his personal blog.

"I'm looking forward to playing at home again and I hope we win so we can face the next Premier League game with a good taste.

"The next few weeks ahead are very intense: five games in just 14 days. In order to get ready for them it is very important to get confidence and to be positive."

Mata reiterated the feeling from the Blues camp that Chelsea cannot afford to lose the mid-week game against Basel after the weekend's defeat,

"We have another game on Wednesday in the Champions League and we need to win because Chelsea is a big club and if we lose two games it's very bad for us."

The Chelsea favourite concluded: "We need to work in training to help us win that game."

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