Mata maintains European challenge

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Juan Mata knows all about trailing in the wake of Barcelona and Real Madrid from his time at Valencia, but the Spanish midfielder insists they are not invincible, and is quietly confident about Chelsea's chances of conquering Europe this year.

The 23-year-old, who joined the Blues just last month on a five-year deal, revealed how it has already been made perfectly clear to him, the club's ambition to win the UEFA Champions League.

"I'm very much aware of this," said Mata. "Chelsea is a team that gives their all when it comes to any title and any competition.

"The Champions League is obviously very important and it's something that's very attractive to us.

"But we're also very interested in the Premier League and any other competitions that we take part in."


Led by the dream of Russian owner Roman Abramovich - who bankrolled Mata's move to Stamford Bridge in a bid to achieve their ultimate goal, the talented playmaker has made an instant impact in west London, giving Chelsea fans a taste of what's to come.

After scoring on his Blues debut in the 3-1 win over Norwich City, Mata also found the net in the midweek 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, to get Chelsea's UEFA Champions League campaign off to the perfect start.

"Real Madrid and Barcelona have been doing well and growing very, very much in the last few years," he continued. "They have been doing very well in the Champions League as well.

"But I think there are a number of other teams right now that could create some problems for them.

"I would mention Chelsea as one of those teams and this is a very difficult competition that we're in right now, so I think everyone has a chance."

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