Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has heaped praise on teammate Cesar Azpilicueta after the right-back grabbed his first goal for the club since arriving from Marseille 14 months ago.
Both players were in action for the Blues during their side's 2-0 Capital One Cup victory against Arsenal on Tuesday.
Azpilicueta scored in the first half and a brilliant strike from Mata ensured Chelsea progressed to the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
The Stamford Bridge midfielder says that his fellow compatriot, who was able to end his goal drought, deserved the celebration.
"We tried our best as it was a difficult game because Arsenal are playing really well in the Premier League and Champions League," Mata told Sky Sports.
"They will always create chances with Cazorla, Ozil or Ramsey so it was an important goal to make more distance in the result.
"But today I'm more happy for Cesar, to be honest. He trains more than anyone and he fully deserves the goal and the celebration more than anything."
However, Mata was proud of the displays from the two very different sides put out by Jose Mourinho. He also added that his ultimate aim is to enjoy his football and help his side win regardless of the manager's decision.
"Looking at the opponents we had this week, they are probably two of the best teams in Europe right now and we beat them," he said. "So I think we are ready to try for the title, it's still soon in the season but we will try."
"I just try to play, and enjoy my football," added Mata.
"The manager is the one who makes the decisions, but I always try my best for this club and that's what I'll always do. Today I enjoyed it, and I felt proud for the fans, but I'm really happy for Cesar."
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