Saturday 24 August 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Chelsea completed the signing of FIFA World Cup-winning playmaker Juan Mata from Spanish side Valencia.
Mata had been with "Los Che" for four years as a professional, making over 130 appearances for the club and helping them finish third in La Liga in the 2010/11 campaign, and his impressive performances encouraged new Chelsea head coach Andre Villas-Boas to secure his services.
The versatile midfielder, who was part of the Spain squad that won the World Cup in 2010, instantly became an integral part of the Chelsea side, scoring six goals and providing 13 assists in 34 appearances during his debut Barclays Premier League campaign.
But it was his contribution in cup competitions during the 2011/12 season that impressed most, as he helped the Blues win the UEFA Champions League for the first time, as they defeated Bayern Munich on penalties in a dramatic final. Chelsea also won the FA Cup that season.
In the 2012/13 campaign, Mata scored 12 goals and claimed 12 assists in the Barclays Premier League and, as a result, was named in the Professional Footballers' Association Premier League team of the year. The West London club also won the UEFA Europa League trophy and finished third in the league.
Overall, the 25-year-old has netted 18 times and made 25 assists in 70 Barclays Premier League appearances. He has set up more goals than any other Premier League player since moving to Stamford Bridge.