Chelsea forward Juan Mata was delighted with his side’s FA Cup fourth round victory over QPR on Saturday and wants them to kick on in the competition, chelseafc.com
The Blues won 1-0 in a game that was built up to be a battle between QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea captain John Terry after their encounter in the league game earlier this season. Mata’s goal was the difference and alllowed the Blues into the next round, where they will face Championship side Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge. The Spanish international also scored in the third round against Portsmouth and is looking to keep up his good form in the competition, as well as the Blues pushing on towards Wembley.
Mata said: ‘It was an important penalty. We were drawing 0-0 and with this goal we won finally and I am very happy with this penalty and with this win because it was a very difficult game for us. The FA Cup is a special competition for every team and from now we are going to put all our commitment and effort into winning it.’
The 23 year old already has a Copa del Rey medal, the Spanish equivalent of the FA Cup, and wants to win the English cup competition with the Blues. Chelsea have a great record in the tournament in recent years with three wins in five years, the last one coming in 2010.
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