Dec 23 2013 Main WIR
JOSE MOURINHO may have downplayed the significance of Chelsea’s defeat of Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, but Fernando Torres and Juan Mata will take confidence from the victory into tonight’s Premier League crunch clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Two days after Torres’ late goal gave Chelsea victory over Manchester City in the Premier League, a Blues side showing 10 changes claimed a 2-0 win at Arsenal to advance in the League Cup with a sixth win from six games in October.
Now out of that competition following the midweek loss at Sunderland, Chelsea’s immediate focus is on the championship and claiming a third successive win at Arsenal following last season’s Premier League triumph.
Torres, who netted in the September 2012 win, said: “We know how important it is for us. It’s a chance to overtake them in the table and we know how important that is for the fans.
“We’re playing Arsenal, and it’s a huge game for both sets of fans.
“We’ve beaten them once this season in the Capital One Cup at the Emirates, so we know what we need to do to win there.
“We just have to ensure we prepare for the game the best we can, and I’m sure we can go and do it.”
A win in the first of four games in 10 days would take Chelsea above the Gunners and level on points with Liverpool – who would remain top for Christmas. The Reds visit Stamford Bridge on December 29.
Mata was on target in last season’s Premier League win over Arsenal and in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, when he was out of favour.
The Spaniard, who is still to claim a regular starting place, said: “They are playing really well at the Emirates, but we won there in the Capital One Cup this season. We’ll try to play great football like we did that game and we’ll try to get the three points.”