Juan Mata has refused to even contemplate the prospect of playing in the Europa League next season ahead of Chelsea's Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Chelsea finished in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League this season, despite their astonishing run to Saturday's Champions League showpiece, and they must now beat Bayern in the German giants' own back yard to avoid being out of the competition next term for the first time since 2002 and in the Europa League instead.

Asked what it would mean to be in Europe's second-tier competition next season, Mata said: "We want to play in the Champions League and we want to win this year to play next season. Our objective is to play in the Champions League. We're only thinking of winning and, after that, let's see."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2012, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms