Mata: I don't want to be rested

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Chelsea appear to be teetering on the brink of a burnout but Juan Mata says he has plenty of energy to spend.

Mata is expected to be rested for tonight's game against Liverpool, with a top four spot seemingly out of reach for the Blues.


With Newcastle losing at home to Manchester City and Tottenham suffering a draw at Villa Park, the Blues have only an outside chance of qualifying for European club football's leading competition through their league position.

Roberto Di Matteo's men must beat Liverpool tonight, and keep their fingers crossed for possible future mistakes from the teams ahead of them.

The Italian manager stated before Monday that he will use the same line-up that won the FA Cup final only if it was needed.


Having no second option after weekend's results, Di Matteo will have to field his strongest possible side - one which Mata is vital ingredient of as the only outfield player to have featured in all 18 matches the former Blues midfielder has overseen.

After conquering the FA Cup and with the Champions League final looming on the horizon, Mata has no space for fatigue to settle in.

"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", he told reporters.

Having to face Liverpool twice in a four-day period is a difficult task to face up to, especially when the Reds are looking for retribution after losing the Wembley final to Mata's side.

"It;s a hard stadium to play away at. Liverpool showed they have a great team and they are dangerous at Anfield. We have to win and still believe in playing the Champions League next year", the Spaniard added.

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