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Juan Mata happy with Chelsea Capital One Cup win

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Jose Mourinho was in a buoyant mood after Chelsea's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday afternoon, and his joy was shared by one man at Manchester United.

Writing in his popular blog, Juan Mata described his happiness that the Blues had managed to emerge victorious at Wembley Stadium, not because he has a particular dislike of Spurs, but because of his former Stamford Bridge teammates.

Mata fell out of favour soon after Mourinho started his second spell in charge of Chelsea and ended up being sold to Manchester United in a £37.1million deal in last year's January transfer window. Despite being rejected by the Blues boss, the Spaniard was still pleased for his friends.

"I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Chelsea for winning the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham," wrote the Spain international.

"I have many former team-mates and friends there and I’m happy for them. It was a close game but they were able to make the difference in key moments to win the game."

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Goals from John Terry and Diego Costa either side of half time sealed the victory for Chelsea to end Mourinho's longest period in his career without a trophy, nearly three years.

Mauricio Pochettino's men played the majority of the good football on the day, but it was a Mourinho masterclass in game management and they proved too stubborn to allow SPurs through.

The 5-3 humbling at White Hart Lane from earlier this season was clearly in the Portuguese tactician's mind when setting up his team. Kurt Zouma excelled as a makeshift defensive midfielder in the absence on the suspended Nemanja Matic, as the Premier League leaders played with patience.

It's All Over

Manchester City's defeat at Liverpool earlier in the day meant that the title race will probably all but over should Chelsea defeat West Ham United in their next league fixture on Wednesday.

Mourinho's men have got their first taste of silverware and are making winning a habit -nobody is going to stop them now.

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