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Chelsea 11 points adrift of Manch­ester City and Manch­ester United who head the ta­ble.

And Mata ad­mits it is go­ing to be a tough ask for the Blues to claw their way back into the ti­tle race.

He added: “It is go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult be­cause there are a lot of teams and they are hav­ing very good sea­sons like Arse­nal, like Tot­ten­ham, like Liver­pool – so we have to fight.

“Our next game is an­other that we have to win, but As­ton Villa is a very good team.

“We wanted to achieve the six points in our two home games but against Ful­ham we got one, and we hope to win three points against As­ton Villa.”


Florent Malouda has de­clared he is ready to quit Stam­ford Bridge.

The France winger has grown frus­trated with his role on the bench at the club af­ter start­ing just one of the club’s last nine games.

And Malouda, 31, is eye­ing a move away, with Paris St Ger­main likely to swoop for the player in Jan­uary.

He said: “I can’t be sat­is­fied with that – there’s a huge dif­fer­ence be­tween the amount of time I’m play­ing and what my am­bi­tions are.

“So we’ll see what hap­pens in the win­ter trans­fer mar­ket.

“If I have to I’ll go else­where be­cause, look­ing back at the first half of the sea­son, I just can’t be sat­is­fied with that.”


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