Manchester United have a difficult clash to face after the international break as Jose Mourinho’s men will be away at Stamford Bridge on Saturday for this kick-off.
Juan Mata and Mourinho have two things in common heading into this clash – they both have Chelsea roots, and Mata has revealed just how United can beat an in-form Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Speaking about the game, Mata urged the team to produce the same performance that we saw in the second half of the 3-2 victory against Newcastle a fortnight ago. United showed character in the second half to come from behind and beat the Magpies 3-2 with an extraordinary performance in the last 20 minutes of the game, and Mata wants a repeat of that performance this weekend.
“It’s going to be difficult. Stamford Bridge is a difficult stadium, but we have to try to keep going with the amazing 20, 25 or even 45 minutes that we did against Newcastle,” he said.
“I think the second half was very, very good and we must try to build from there, try to play our game, try to win and then think about the next fixtures.”
Mata also admitted that it’ll be a difficult game against a Chelsea side that are yet to lose a game this season. Chelsea are joint-top of the table and have won six games and drawn two out of their eight league games so far.
“I believe they have a good team, a good squad and they have a squad full of quality players, experienced players,” he added.
“They have players like Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas. They signed Jorginho who fits perfectly with Sarri’s style, so I’m not surprised with the way they are playing, because I think they have the players to play like that.
“It’s always a special game for me against Chelsea and it will be tough – they are doing good. They have a new manager and they play with more or less the same players but in a certain style.”