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Mata ready for World Cup ´party´

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata said Sunday’s Club World Cup final between his side and Brazilian club Corinthians will be a ‘football party’.

The Spaniard scored the first and forced an own-goal for the third as the Blues ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Mexican side Monterrey to seal their spot in the final.

Mata admitted Rafael Benitez’s men are taking the competition seriously and was happy with the way they applied themselves against Monterrey.

He told BBC Sport: “I am so glad today for winning, the way that we won, for us it’s a very important tournament (and) we want to win this trophy, to be world champions on Sunday and we will do our best to win.

“I am very happy with the goal and the result, I think we started really well, we were really focused on scoring more goals and we did. 3-1 is a good result for us.”

Corinthians secured their spot with a 1-0 win over Al Ahly but created several chances and could have won by a greater margin.

The 24-year-old is wary of the threat the Brazilians pose, but is confident Chelsea will make the trip to Japan worthwhile by bringing home the trophy.

He added: “We have confidence about winning but we know Corinthians are one of the best teams in South America. It will be a football party and hopefully we will win.”

Thu 13 Dec, 2012
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