Mata not worried about energy levels

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Juan Mata has insisted there is no chance of him suffering burnout ahead of what could be more overtime for the winger in Chelsea's Barclays Premier League game at Liverpool.

Mata looked set for a well-earned day off at Anfield following Saturday's FA Cup final triumph against the same opponents, but Newcastle's defeat to Manchester City and Tottenham's draw at Aston Villa - coupled with Arsenal's failure to beat Norwich - kept alive sixth-placed Chelsea's hopes of Champions League qualification.

They must beat Liverpool for the second time in four days on Tuesday to stand any chance of overhauling two of the three teams directly above them, and Mata believes he is ready for that challenge. The Spain star said: "I have plenty of energy left. It is a long season and my first in England, but the benefits of winning easily outweigh the fatigue."

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