Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 9/30/12
Juan Mata is confident of maintaining his best form for Chelsea after recently being handed a fortnight off by Roberto Di Matteo. Di Matteo's decision to give Mata a rest looks to have paid off spectacularly, with the Spain star once again the matchwinner in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League victory at Arsenal. In his three starts since his return, Mata has scored twice and racked up four assists, playing a key part in two-thirds of Chelsea's goals. The 24-year-old's time off, which saw him travel to his native Spain to catch up with friends and family, appears to have done him the world of good. He insisted he was actually feeling fine beforehand, despite having played at both Euro 2012 and the London Olympics, but acknowledged he would eventually feel the benefit. "Not now. Later. Maybe in January, February," he said. "The season is so long for each player. Maybe these two weeks will be very important for me. "We had a talk before the start of the season because, with the Euro ...
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