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Mata keeps Chelsea on top

Chelsea maintained their table-topping form with an impressive 4-2 victory at Tottenham. Masterminded by the goalscoring and creative influence of Juan Mata, Chelsea came back from being 2-1 down to secure all three points.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was facing the club that sacked him, and even without their star player Gareth Bale, who was attending the birth of his child, his side caused problems for Chelsea.

After Gary Cahill had given Chelsea the lead, Tottenham fought back early in the second half, with goals from William Gallas and Jermain Defoe. Mata turned the game back in Chelsea’s favour, scoring twice after linking up with Eden Hazard, before setting up Daniel Sturridge for Chelsea’s fourth.

Villas-Boas thought the talent in the squad made Chelsea genuine title contenders. "They have gone to Arsenal and won, they have come here and won," he said. "These are difficult places to play in this league but at the moment they are at the top of their game."

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo was impressed by his team’s resilience, especially in a week when they have had to deal with continued fallout from the John Terry case. "It has been going on for a long time and we have just tried to focus on what is our priority, the football aspect," Di Matteo said. "We haven't been distracted and just focused on the football. We have done that well."

It was Villas-Boas who brought Mata to Chelsea. Di Matteo said : "I've thanked him for that."

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