Juan Mata talks about Chelsea, the ‘formidable’ Diego Costa, the ‘great’ Eden Hazard and the ‘reliable’ Azpilicueta

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has praised his former club Chelsea and their players after gaining a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Since their defeat by Arsenal back at the end of September, Antonio Conte’s side have won ten successive league fixtures, scoring 24 times and conceding just twice.

And Spanish international Mata believes that Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta have been influential to their impressive form since October.

Right now Chelsea have a very important distance,’ the Spaniard told IBTimes.

‘They are winning everything, playing good or bad, because they have reached a very high level of competitiveness.
They are playing in a very worked way, a formation that their coach had used in Juventus for several years and is working very well here.

‘I think their players suit perfectly to that type of football. Diego Costa is at a formidable level, Hazard is also doing great… and also Cesar (Azpilicueta), who is the reliable man. They are winning every game.’
Chelsea are guaranteed to lead the pack at Christmas but Conte and his players will be determined not to let their lead slip.

The west Londoners visit struggling Crystal Palace in the early kick-off on Saturday and the Chelsea players will be hoping to pick up their 11th straight victory.

Meanwhile, after a slow start to the season, Mata and his United team-mates find themselves 13 points behind the Blues in sixth place.

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