Juan Mata ready to help Chelsea challenge for six trophies
Juan Mata insists he has no concerns about burning out as Chelsea prepare to compete for six trophies this season
Juan Mata insists he is not worried about burning out and says he wants to play as much as possible next season as Chelsea compete for six trophies.
The former Valencia playmaker has had a busy summer, helping Spain defend their European championship crown before playing at the London 2012 Olympics.
Chelsea’s Champions League triumph means the Blues will be in contention for both the European Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup titles this season, on top of the four domestic trophies already on offer.
But Mata insists he has no fears of running out of steam this season despite what is sure to be a hectic fixture schedule.
“I feel fit and good,” Mata told Chelsea’s website. “I am still young, and I am sure next summer I will enjoy some longer holidays. It is no problem for me.
“It is not easy for me to remember what my home is like but that’s what I wanted, to play as much as I can and to gain these experiences at the Euros and the Olympics.
“So no, I didn’t have too many holidays, but I didn’t feel so tired towards the end of the season, which surprised me because it was my first year here, and it’s true that English football is harder than Spanish football, physically.
“We play an extra competition, the League Cup, and this year we have more competitions, six trophies now, but I still want to play as much as I can.”
Chelsea kick off their Premier League campaign at Wigan Athletic on Sunday, before the Blues have their first shot at a trophy when they take on Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup on 31 August in Monaco.