Jose Mourinho has confirmed Juan Mata will start for Chelsea away to Swindon Town in the League Cup in midweek after being left out of the matchday squad for the 2-0 victory over Fulham. The Spaniard, the club's player of the year in successive seasons, was sat behind the dugout as goals from Oscar and John Mikel Obi downed the Blues' local rivals.
Mata took part in a training session on the morning of the game, and his next appearance will be in Tuesday's clash at the County Ground for his team's third-round tie against League One opposition.
"He took it the way I wanted," explained Mourinho. "He trained in the morning and my assistant told me he trained very, very hard.
"He plays from the beginning against Swindon like the players who didn't play in this match. I hope he tells me on the pitch, 'You are wrong, I am the best and I have to play in every game.' I would love that."
Victory took Chelsea to the Premier League summit before kick-off in Sunday's games, and it also ended a run of four matches without a victory.
"We played a very good game against Everton and lost, so the way we play is not important, the important thing is that we lost," said Mourinho. "The most important thing is the result."
Mourinho on Gullit spat, Mikel goal
Mourinho was also embroiled in a post-match row with Sky Sports pundit Ruud Gullit, with the ex-Chelsea manager criticising his old team during the interval for a lack of creativity.
"Ruud Gullit is a different pundit, as he was also a manager and he should not be a very proud manager for what he did in the last years," said the Portuguese. "It's a great job [being a pundit], an important job to make the people at home understand football, read the game and analyse.
"England is full of good pundits and that is no problem - I respect opinions. My job is more difficult. It is more difficult to be a manager than a commentator."
Oscar opened the scoring just after the interval when David Stockdale spilled a shot. Then Mikel scored his first Premier League goal from close range six minutes from full-time.
"It was good for him and good for us," said Mourinho of the Nigerian's strike. "It was good for his confidence and people enjoyed seeing him score."