Juan Mata, FC Chelsea
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reported his club is ready for Sunday's FA Cup fourth round match against Stoke City and provided an injury update on Fernando Torres as well as an update of Juan Mata's imminent departure to Manchester United in the January transfer window.
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'We lost against them and it wasn't a long time ago,' Mourinho said. 'They are a difficult team; very physical, very direct, strong at set pieces and they will come to compete.
'I expect a difficult match, I will play with a strong team and not make big changes because we want to go as far as possible in the competition.'
Torres is unavailable for Sunday's game after picking up an injury in last week's win against Manchester United.
'It's not a surgery situation, thankfully, but also it's not just a little strain, it's a lateral ligament injury and it will take this week, and I would say another three weeks.'
Mourinho also spoke about new hiring Mohamed Salahwho who will transfer from Basel.
'We allowed Juan to travel and to have the medical with United,' said Mourinho. 'Sooner rather than later things will be finalised. This club is a special club and this club cares about people. This club is very respectful of the players and especially players who brought history to the club. Juan is one of these.
'I still think he could be important for us, he's a fantastic player. In spite of not playing for us, especially in the last period, he could be important for us, but Juan has a fantastic opportunity; another big club wants him, in a country where he loves to be and he loves to play.
'The offer is the right offer for us, so in spite of the fact many clubs, many boards and many managers thinking you shouldn't sell to a rival, especially one in the same country, we feel different.
'The player deserves respect and deserves to be happy and play where he wants to play. Because the offer is what we consider the right offer for the quality of the player we allowed him to negotiate with them and we didn't close the door.
'It's a good offer, respectful to us and the value of the player. It allows us to try to add another player, because we need another player, and still have a fantastic profit. With the two deals, Juan and Kevin De Bruyne, we put ourselves in a fantastic position with Financial Fair Play.'
Mourinho acknowledged it was with much sadness the decision was taken to let Mata leave.
'I asked him when the offer came if he was happy to go and he said yes,' said the Blues boss. 'After that we felt mixed emotions, we are happy that he's going to a fantastic situation but at the same time we are sad. With him it was the same, very happy to go from Chelsea to Man United, staying in England and the Premier League, probably with guarantees he will play. It's good for Juan, the Premier League and the offer, in financial terms, is the right offer.
'He tried to give everything, it was just a point of the team doing very well for the last couple of months and winning matches consecutively. Willian, Hazard and Oscar are playing really well and he wasn't playing.
'In matches where he could have been decisive coming off the bench, when he was about to come on we scored goals. I was playing him at Derby and we scored. I was going to bring him on against Hull at the beginning of the second half and we scored. Against Man United we were 3-0 up, so I couldn't even bring him from the bench and make him feel great by changing the game. In the last four or five matches he wasn't even playing so he was clearly affected, frustrated, disappointed.
'I worked with him for four, five six months but he's been at the club for more than two years, so people know him much better than I do. What I know is enough to know he deserves this, if he cannot be fully happy here because he's not playing 100 per cent like in the last two years, if he has a big club that wants him, even if it's a rival club and in England, the club decided, and I was completely on the club's side, you cannot stop people from being happy if the offer is the right offer.'
'It was a surprise for us that Juan was leaving, we were not prepared to make bids and try to bring a player to replace him in the squad, everything happened very fast,' said Mourinho. 'We had to work on that and see what options could be good for us.
'When we finally decided to go for Salah we had to start from zero because we had no contact with the club or the player, we didn't even know who the player's agent is. The first step was an agreement with the club, as we made official. Everything is done subject to the medical and the player's desire to join us. Now we know he's happy the two clubs have an agreement.
'He cannot come to England for his medical so we have to travel to meet him, probably in Switzerland, and only after that we can get the paperwork to bring him to the country.
'I like the fact that he can play the same way as our attacking players do, which is with adaptability to play right, left or behind the striker. He's young, like our players in that area are, he's fast, creative and enthusiastic.
'When we analysed him he looks like the type of player who is humble on the pitch and we believe if he comes he will have a similar process to the one Willian had.'
'Michael Essien is at this moment in a position where he could go or stay,' said Mourinho. 'If he stays we are more than happy as he's a fantastic club man and team player, but he's another one who's given everything for the club and if a great situation arrives for his future, related to competition, going to the World Cup and playing at a high level for another few years, he's another one that we feel we must show respect to.
'To show him respect is to not stop him going, but if he stays he's playing against Stoke at the weekend.'
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Premier League Results - Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland
Chelsea moved up the Premier League ladder into third place behind Manchester City as the London Blues earned a victory over Sunderland today.
Fernando Torres came into the game in the second half, playing in a mask after suffering a broken nose, to replace Demba Ba who went out of the match with an injury after a hard tackle.
Chelsea’s goals were scored by Kilgallon (og 47′) and Ivanovic (55′) and Sunderland’s goal was scored Azpilicueta (og 45′).
Sunderland scored the first freak goal with an own goal from Chelsea's Azpilicueta.
Oscar made a shot that ended in the net to open the scoring for Chelsea via Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet and Kilgallon, who was debited with the own goal for the second freak point.
Chelsea went ahead after 55 minutes, with Ivanovic scoring the winner as he reacted quickly to divert Luiz's long-range shot out of the reach of Mignolet.
Chelsea boss, Rafa Benitez was pleased with the results.
"We needed to improve after the break obviously. The negative thing is we conceded a goal, the positive thing is we recovered and came back," said Benetiz after the match.
"In the last 15 minutes we were a bit under pressure, but after four games in eight days that has to be expected.
"Sunderland have a new manager, they were compact and organised so it was not easy to find space. Some players are a bit tired, but after so many games it is not easy and you have to change players."
Premier League Results - Sunday, April 7, 2013
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Premier League: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
Chelsea's goals were scored by Juan Mata (6') and Frank Lampard (16') and Arsenal's goalscorer Walcott (58').
Fernando Torres started as center forward sporting a short hair cut. Chelsea's starting line-up also included Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, and Mata.
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