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Juan Mata proving Chelsea marathon man - I don't need rest

Juan Mata is proving to be Chelsea's marathon man.

The midfielder will clock up game No50 against Tottenham in their FA Cup semifinal tonight.

He told The Sun: "It's a lot of games but I love to play football so for me this could be the perfect summer.

"I want to win as much as I can - the FA Cup, the Champions League, the Euros and the Olympics... everything. I have to speak to Chelsea about playing at the Olympics but I think there is enough time for me to rest and recover.

"When I came to England, a lot of people in Spain thought I would struggle physically because I am not the biggest of players. But I have been lucky in my career because I have not had a lot of injuries and I am always available to play in every game.

"Yes, I have played many games already this season. Now we are at the stage where it is Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday. But I still want to play right to the end because I am enjoying myself so much.

"The Premier League is very different to the game I was used to when I was with Valencia. You have to be physically ready to play in the Premier League and you also have to be ready to get out of the way when the tackles come in.

"But I believe I am improving things in my game all the time and enjoying the organisation and the supporters in the Premier League.

"Living in London has been everything I expected and more. The life of a footballer is better here than in Spain. It is quieter. I can go around London without any problems. People sometimes talk to me or ask for a photograph but that's not a problem. On the pitch, I wish Chelsea were first in the league but next season will be a lot better."

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