Juan Mata targets more silverware in second season at Chelsea
Juan Mata is hopeful Chelsea can challenge for trophies next season after his return to training this week
Juan Mata is confident Chelsea can mount a Premier League title challenge next season as they also look to defend their Champions League crown.
The Blues fell out of contention for the English title mid-way though the last campaign under Andre Villas-Boas, before Roberto Di Matteo was able to lead the Londoners to an FA Cup and Champions League double.
Mata, who was one of Chelsea’s stand-out performers after joining from Valencia last summer, says the Blues are desperate for more silverware as they look to become the first team to retain the Champions League title.
“I think it will be a good season for us,” Mata told Chelsea TV. “Personally, I will try to play more games than last season.
“For sure, our desire is to win another trophy, either the Premier League or Champions League. These competitions are very important for us and we will try to do our best.
“We have Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar. We’ve bought some quality players which is good for the team.”
Looking ahead to the new campaign, Mata added: “I feel really good and confident for the new season. Myself and Oriol [Romeu] have been looking forward to coming back and I’m happy to be here.
“The Euros were the best moment of the summer for me. Another European Championship for Spain, I had the opportunity to play in the final, I scored the last goal and it was amazing.
“The Olympics was a good experience as a sportsman, but we were so unlucky. We deserved more but we didn’t score so it was impossible to go through.”
Chelsea take on Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at Villa Park on Sunday.