Juan Mata Urges Man Utd to Quickly Move on From Chelsea Loss and Focus on EFL Cup

Published on: 23 October 2016

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has called for players and fans to quickly move on fromSunday's 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Chelsea and re-focus attention on Wednesday's upcoming EFL Cup clash with Manchester City, which also represents a chance for early derby revenge.

Mata urged his team-mates to stay strong as a unit despite the setback.

"We must carry on," the Spaniard wrote in the latest entry for his One Hour Behind blog.

"Luckily, in three days we have a very important fixture, and as from now we must focus on this new opportunity to get better.

"It sounds like a cliché but it's true: when we win and everybody praises you it's easy to be united and celebrate together, but it is now, after such a defeat, when we must remain mentally strong and keep going. Together we win and together we lose."

Picking the bones out of the defeat against his former club, Mata highlighted the goal within the first 30 seconds, scored by international colleague Pedro, as the key moment. It put United on the back foot and handed Chelsea all the initiative.

"Things got complicated since the first minute," he admitted. "By conceding an early goal the game we had in mind changed completely, and from that moment we weren't able to come back.

"Chelsea had a much better start than us and we paid dearly for it. Once they scored the second goal, we tried to control the game a bit more by keeping the ball possession on Chelsea's half of the pitch, but obviously they were feeling very comfortable in a compact defence, and every time we lost the ball they had an opportunity to initiate a dangerous counter-attack.

"We created some chances to score and get into the game, but I had the feeling that whenever we were close to do that, we were punished with another goal."

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