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Chelsea's Juan Mata: Club World Cup final with Corinthians will be a 'football party'

Corinthians beat Al-Ahly 1-0 to reach Sunday's final
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Chelsea goalscorer Juan Mata believes Sunday's Club World Cup final against Corinthians will be a "football party".

The Spaniard scored the first and forced an own-goal for the third as the Blues ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Mexican side Monterrey to reach the final.

The 24-year-old is wary of the threat the Brazilian side pose, but is confident Chelsea will make the trip to Japan worthwhile by taking the trophy back to Stamford Bridge.

He told BBC Sport: "We have confidence about winning but we know Corinthians are one of the best teams in South America.

"It will be a football party and hopefully we will win."

Mata is happy with the way the Blues applied themselves against Monterrey and insisted that Rafael Benitez's side are taking the competition seriously.

He added: "I am so glad today for winning, the way that we won, for us it’s a very important tournament we want to win this trophy, to be world champions on Sunday and we will do our best to win.

"I am very happy with the goal and the result, I think we started really well, we were really focused on scoring more goals and we did. 3-1 is a good result for us."

Sunday’s showpiece final at the International Stadium in Yokohama is scheduled to kick-off at 10:30am UK time.


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