Juan Mata not scared at all

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has stated that his side respect Manchester City, but go into Monday night’s game against the current Premier League leaders with no fear.

The Stamford Bridge outfit are ten points behind Roberto Mancini’s men going into the fixture, and Andre Villas Boas recently stated that if The Blues lose on Monday their title ambitions are over.

Despite the sizeable gap between the teams, the Spain international feels his side can still win the Premier League this season.

“I think it is not impossible for us. They have a big points advantage but I think it is not impossible,” he told The Guardian.

“If we win against City we will have more confidence and the Premier League does not finish for another six months. Nothing is impossible.

“What we did at Newcastle last weekend can also give us more confidence in the league to play against City, which is a very big game for us.

“It will be very difficult for City to keep winning every game, so for us and the other teams, we just have to hope that they stop winning.

“We do not have any fear of Manchester City, especially because we’re playing at home in this match but we do have the ultimate respect for them because they’re the league leaders. Fear, though? Not at all,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight