Mata wants Wembley repeat

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Juan Mata is desperate to sample glory for the first time as a Chelsea player with a triumph against Liverpool in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The Spaniard already has a taste for success in domestic competitions, having emerged victorious from the final of the Copa del Rey with Valencia four years ago, and Mata is now hoping for a repeat on English soil.

"I have played in the Copa del Rey Final in Spain and that and the FA Cup are the main cups in England and in Spain," Mata told the official Chelsea website.

"But they are different because the FA Cup plays on weekends whereas in Spain it is in the middle of the week - but a final is a final and the 2008 Copa del Rey Final with Valencia was amazing because we beat Getafe 3-1 and I scored the first goal of the game.

"So I have been lucky with the final in the Spain and I wish to be the same here."

Mata has played an influential part - perhaps more so than any Blues player - in ensuring Chelsea progressed to the final of the FA Cup this year, having featured in every round.

The 24-year-old midfielder scored Chelsea's first goal of the competition this season, in a 4-0 defeat of Portsmouth, and has contributed consistently all the way to Wembley.

Perhaps his finest performance was reserved for the semi-final against Tottenham where he scored, albeit controversially, provided an assist for Ramires and terrorised the Spurs defence in a 5-1 victory.

And it is a game that will live long in the mind of Mata, although he hopes Saturday will grant him further fond memories of Wembley.

"I really enjoyed the game, more in the second half because I had a lot of space to assist my team-mates and us scoring five goals against a team like Tottenham is amazing," he added.

"I was surprised about Wembley and the supporters because the crowd and the atmosphere was amazing.

"Everything went right, beginning with the fantastic goal by Didier who opened the game for us. It was one of my best games here and I wish the final to be even better."

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