Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has admitted that this weekend's Premier League showdown with leaders Chelsea will be a special game for him as he returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving the club in January of last year.
Writing in his blog after starring in the Red Devils' emphatic 4-2 victory over rivals Manchester City yesterday afternoon, the tricky Spaniard, who has been in wonderful form of late, has now insisted that his teammates are now focussed on Saturday's crunch clash.
In fact, the versatile forward has insisted that returning to the Bridge will bring him plenty of great memories, insisting that he's looking forward to seeing the fans, former teammates and friends.
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Writing in his blog, the Spanish ace stated: "From this Monday we are already thinking about our next ‘final’, a visit to the leader of the Premiership.
"Needless to say that it’s going to be a very special game for me. I already played against Chelsea in the first half of the championship, but going back to Stamford Bridge for the first time will bring me plenty of good memories, for sure.
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"The day I arrived to this great club I wrote: “Gratitude is the memory of the heart”. And I keep thinking the same. At that time I had the chance to thank everybody who helped me in London during those two and a half years, and next Saturday it will be nice to meet former team-mates, fans and friends. I keep good memories of them and I wish them the best."
However, despite revealing that it will be an emotional return, Mata has insisted that United plan to leave Chelsea with all three points as they go in search of maintaining their excellent run of form.
Mata continued by saying: "Obviously, our intention is to get the three points again and we will try from the kick-off until the final whistle. The best thing is that we get to this game in a very good moment, with confidence, but we are aware that we must perform at our best level if we want to beat Chelsea."
After beating City, United now possess a nine point lead on Southampton, who sit in fifth place in the division, so the Red Devils are now firmly in the driving seat to secure Champions League football for next season.
Back to his best
There's no doubt about it, Chelsea supporters will be hoping Mata doesn't continue his fine recent form on Saturday evening.
With three goals in his last three games, the Manchester United number eight finally looks settled at the Theatre of Dreams, and has built up quite the partnership with the likes of Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Co. when going forward.
Of course, Mata will respect his former club, but he'd certainly enjoy getting one over on his former boss Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United fans: How important is Mata to your side right now? Chelsea fans: Was it the wrong decision to offload him? Have your say in the comments section below!
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