Juan Mata, god of the goal assist, seeks to join Chelsea's pantheon

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Juan Mata, god of the goal assist, seeks to join Chelsea's pantheon
Mitchell Gunn-USA TODAY Sports

List the workload he has taken on since last summer and Juan Mata, momentarily wide-eyed, performs a comical double take. The shift began in Ukraine in July with a goalscoring cameo appearance for Spain in the final of Euro 2012. It mercifully bypassed Chelsea's pre-season tour to the United States to take in La Furia Roja's strangely anaemic participation at the Olympic Games instead, then lurched into a club campaign that has seen the pursuit of eight different trophies in as many different countries

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