Juan Mata believes Chelsea must quickly secure a first away win of the English Premier League season if they are to kick-start their title challenge. A trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Sunday presents Jose Mourinho's side with the latest opportunity to claim three points on the road.
And Mata is confident the Stamford Bridge club will face Chris Hughton's side in buoyant mood after drawing a line under an alarming early season dip. Successive defeats to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup, Everton in the Premier League and Basel in the UEFA Champions League came as a shock to Mourinho's squad.
But after getting their league form back on track with a victory over Fulham and hard-fought draw at Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea delivered an impressive display at Steaua Bucharest to ignite their European campaign.
"I think we're in a good moment after the last three games," said Mata. "We won two of them and drew against Tottenham after playing really well in the second half, so now we have to keep going and build on that before the international break.
"We need our first away league win as soon as possible. If we want to fight for the title you need to win your home games but also pick points up away as well. Obviously when you play away it's difficult, especially against teams like Norwich who are very good at home, but we're good enough to do it."
Mourinho's decision to drop Mata raised eyebrows but the Spain playmaker's response has been to force a u-turn and also earned a recall into his national squad.
"I'm happy with how I played in the last three games and I'm happy with how the team played," said Mata. "I'm really pleased to be back in the Spain squad and, obviously with the national team, my target is to play in the World Cup."