Chelsea latest: Blues beat Basel, no room for Mata, Eden's revenge

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Chelsea have already beaten Basel in their own manor today as the Youth side defeated the Swiss outfit by a 2-1 scoreline thanks to goals from Lewis Baker and John Swift. The victory continues a winning run in Europe that now stretches to five thus far this season. The club's only concession was not struck from open play, but the penalty spot, as a late spot-kick saw a nervy finish.

Manager Dermot Drummy shuffled his pack and is quoted by the club's official website to have said: 'Different players had an opportunity to play today and boys are having to fight to get in this team which is good. The fact it is five wins out of five is credit to everyone at the club. There are no easy teams in this competition.'

While the Blues are regarded to have a formidable pair vying for the number one jersey - current custodian Petr Cech and on-loan glovesman Thibaut Courtois, flourishing at Atletico Madrid - there is another player with great potential, as Drummy moved to praise England Under-19 international Mitchell Beeney.

He said: 'Mitchell Beeney made a great one-on-one save when it was 0-0. He is a very assured keeper at the moment. He has become an England Under-19 international and he is maturing nicely and works very hard at his game every day.'

Club manager Jose Mourinho recently implied that one of the reasons why certain players may have been held back, such as Juan Mata, was so the squad as a whole was fresh for tricky, fixture-filled months such as December, where a club's playing roster is fully tested.

However, today, it seems there is once again no room for the Spaniard as Oscar and Eden Hazard continue to be preferred.

Mourinho is quoted by Four Four Two to have said: 'There is one thing that is obvious, which is I can't change the rules and I can't start the match with 12, 13 or 14. I'd love that because many people deserve to play and Juan is one who deserves to play because of the way he works, behaves, the way we see him every day.

'But if I play him and I don't play Hazard or Oscar. It's a consequence of the squad we have where, for these three positions behind the striker, we have so many options. It's hard for me. I don't have a special pleasure leaving players out. I enjoy playing them and making them happy, but there's nothing I can do.'

Hazard, meanwhile, is taking a winner's mentality into the Basel clash to be competed in a matter of hours time by stating that: 'If we think one point is okay we will lose.'

He added that the team as a whole will play with great motivation as they are on a revenge mission: 'It's a revenge for us because we lost the first game at home. It wouldn't be good for Chelsea if we lost both our games against Basel. We need to win.'

And finally, in an interview with the Standard, John Mikel Obi has claimed that the real Chelsea are back after their 3-0 mauling of West Ham United: 'You could say the real Chelsea are back.'

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