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Because of the full list of Premier League fixtures the main stories of the day concern the results - and Chelsea got a good'un thanks to a satisfactory 3-0 walloping over Southampton on the South Coast.
Even though Arsenal and Manchester City both recorded victories, ensuring Chelsea did not move higher than their third position, the Blues - spurred on from their 2-1 edging over Liverpool on the 29th of December (a match which the playing roster were convinced was their best of the season to date) performed well, with three different scorers - Fernando Torres, Willian and Oscar all netted.
Oscar, though, could have had a second, but elected to simulate a foul, rather than make an attempt on goal. It was an incident which saw the Brazilian booked by referee Martin Atkinson, which manager Jose Mourinho has backed.
'I thought it was a clear penalty but I am 50 metres away and now I understand the referee's decision. I think Oscar was waiting for the goalkeeper to collide, to touch him clearly and after that, without conditions to score he was looking for the penalty,' he is quoted by The Mirror to have said.
'It was a good decision by the referee.'
Before all the goals, Juan Mata was brought off seven minutes after half-time and was visibly angered at Mourinho's decision, sparking speculation the Spaniard has sealed his Stamford Bridge exit fate. This was not corrected by Mourinho, who said in his post-match interview: 'I don’t want him to go, that is my opinion and that is my wish – but my door is open.
'The club door is open too, so when a player wants to speak with us we are there waiting for them. But if you ask me do I want to sell him, I don’t want to. I didn’t see the reaction, his frustration was because of the result – we have to win.'
Mata is apparently wanted by Paris Saint Germain and Internazionale, but could he also do a job for Manchester United?
Elsewhere, Chelsea suffered a double injury blow as Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic will both occupy the physio's room for at least a month: Lampard - because of a muscular problem and Ivanovic due to a knee injury.
And finally, Chelsea suffered a £49.4m loss in the last financial year but the club are insistent they will still meet the criteria necessary for UEFAs Financial Fair Play legislation.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck is quoted by ESPN to have said: 'From the very beginning of the current ownership of Chelsea, a long-term objective was financial sustainability, and the subsequent implementation of Financial Fair Play by UEFA and by the Premier League has brought that to the top of the agenda for football clubs.
'We are pleased therefore that we will meet the stipulations set down by UEFA in their first assessment period, and by our own analysis we are progressing from a commercial viewpoint as well as continuing to add trophies to our collection, which we never lose sight of as our most important goal.'
Could the loss impact Chelsea's dealings in the current transfer window, though?
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