Juan Mata has made quite an impact since joining Chelsea from Valencia - so much so that he has been compared to Gianfranco Zola by the Stamford Bridge faithful.

The Spaniard has scored twice in eight appearances for the Blues and has delighted all and sundry will some cultured displays.

Mata's style is not too dissimilar to Zola, who amassed 312 appearances in Chelsea colours, and is regarded as one of the club's all time greats.

But, says Mata, he has a long way to go before he can consider himself comparable to the Italian magician.

"Zola is a legend, an historic player here and it is an honour to be compared to him but there is a lot to do before I can be close to him," said the 23-year-old.


Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas echoed the thoughts of his £23 million summer signing.

"Well, yes, because he's a historical Chelsea player who represents lots for our fans," explained the Portuguese.

"But it's still a long, long process. This is only the beginning."

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