Mata: Facing Leeds and their fans at Elland Road was tough

Chelsea’s Juan Mata admitted his side found it tough playing Leeds in the cauldron of Elland Road.

The atmosphere was electric – not least because of the long-standing rivalry between the two clubs – and Leeds led at half-time through Luciano Becchio’s opener.

Chelsea stormed back to win 5-1 and take their place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

But Mata told Sky Sports: “It is tough to play against a team like Leeds. It is a difficult stadium to play in and they have a physical team.”

Blues midfielder Frank Lampard added: “We upped it in the second half. We were slow in the first but when we played with pace, you could see the difference.

“We had a word with ourselves at half time and the early goal gave us an impetus to go on and win it.

“Every trophy is a big deal for us, when we look back after our careers finish, we will look back on all our trips to Wembley.”

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