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Mccarthy upbeat ahead of bridge visit

Ahead of the Merseyside Derby with Liverpool it was reported that James McCarthy had aggravated his hamstring problem.

But the 24-year-old surprised everyone when he was in the starting line-up for last Sunday's match, making his first appearance since December.

He played the full 90 minutes and after the match he declared that his injury problems were now behind him.

And McCarthy (above) was bold enough yesterday to say the Toffees were aiming to win at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League clash tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

"It was just good to be back out there. It has been a quite frustrating campaign for myself, but the most important thing is the team," he said.

"Unfortunately we didn't get all three points against Liverpool but we move to Chelsea and go there trying to take maximum points."

The Blues won the reverse fixture in a pulsating 6-3 win at Goodison Park but their midfield strongman is anticipating a tighter game.

Nemanja Matic was among the goalscorers in the August match, but the Serbia international said: "Now, at home, we have to win. We know that it is also going to be difficult but, if we want to be champions, we have to win.

"Everton are not the kind of team to concede six.

"They did against us but not again, so we just want to win; it doesn't matter if it is with six goals or 1-0, we just need three points."

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho claimed that a seven-point advantage at the summit was "nothing"and Matic echoed his manager's sentiments.

Said the Serb: "We have many games to the end and only seven points' lead. Because Manchester City are a very good team, they will fight to the end and we will see at the end.

"It is a long way to go."

- Wire Services.

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