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Juan Mata v Mesut Ozil: Head-to-Head

Mata has been the hub of Chelsea's creativity. (©GettyImages)
Mata has been the hub of Chelsea's creativity. (©GettyImages).

Putting both these magnificent playmakers head-to-head sure adds up for one immense battle. 

Both these magicians are at the heart of creativity for their respective teams and are arguably one of the most invaluable players for their clubs.

Juan Mata | Chelsea

Since arriving from Valencia Mata has brought a touch of class to the Premier League, gracing it with his superb skill. 

For the past two seasons Mata has been a key member of Chelsea’s success helping them to FA and Champions League glory in his first season. Mata was the first person to reach ten goals and assists in the Premier League this season. 

The 2012/2013 season has been a busy year for Mata with competition in ten different competitions for club and country. Whilst Mata lacks physicality, aerial ability and aggression he sure makes up for it with his flare, passing, dribbling and creativity, making him one of the most deadly playmakers in the Premier League and Europe.

Remarkably Mata has played 58 games this season, scoring 18 goals in all competitions and providing 30 assists along the way - simply astonishing for the Spaniard. Mata is averaging a goal every 212 minutes in the Premier League and a goal every 237 minutes in all competitions.

There is no doubt that when Mata does not feature in Chelsea’s line up they lack creativity. Chelsea need to look after this magnificent gem of a player.

Mesut Ozil | Real Madrid

Ozil arrived from Werder Bremen in the summer of 2010 for a fee of around £13 million, since then has proved himself to be one of the most prolific attacking midfielders in world football. 

He has helped Real Madrid to three trophies since arriving, most notably the Primera División last season finishing nine points above great rivals Barcelona to clutch a 32nd league title. 

Ozil possess some world class passing, creativity and control but does lack in aerial threat and strength.

This season Ozil has played in 52 games for club and country, providing 12 goals and 25 assists along the way. His minute per goal tally is somewhat lower than Chelsea’s Juan Mata at 288 minutes per goal in La Liga and 304 minutes per goal in all competitions.

Whilst Mesut Ozil has a key proven record with Real Madrid providing a fantastic number of goals and assists for the club, I have to give this clash of the titans to Chelsea’s Juan Mata. Mata has had an immense impact since he arrived at Chelsea and has not looked back since. Despite Chelsea’s Champions league exit and FA Cup exit Mata has been a key member for Chelsea, with the right pedigree and time he may become one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.


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