Mata making the creative difference

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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata felt that early goals were the key to success in Sunday's emphatic 6-1 victory over QPR in the Premier League.

Roberto Di Matteo's players blew the visitors away at Stamford Bridge, with first-half goals from Daniel Sturridge, John Terry, and two from in-form striker Fernando Torres with less than half an hour on the clock.

Torres sealed his hat-trick midway through the second half and substitute Florent Malouda completed the rout, before Djibril Cisse grabbed a late consolation goal for QPR.

"It was a very good game for us," Mata told the club's official website. "We enjoyed it from the first minute with Danny's goal.

"The first and second goals, that one from the corner were very important for us, and we had more space to play our passes after that. We played very well and 6-1 is a great result.

"We had confidence from that first goal and after Fernando did a great job I am very happy for him. We are fighting to reach the third and fourth positions, which are where we are aiming."

Mata provided two of Torres' goals, taking his personal assist count to 13 in the Premier League this season - a stat that is unrivalled by any other player in the division.

And, with just three league games remaining, as well as the small matter of an FA Cup and Champions League final to look forward to, the Spaniard has called for focus ahead of a potentially defining period in Chelsea's history.

"For the team, there are two or three very crucial weeks," he continued. "On Wednesday we have a massive game against Newcastle, now we are one point behind them.

"Then we have the FA Cup final, an amazing game for our supporters, so we are looking forward and hopefully we will win."

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