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The one stat which proves Juan Mata is essential to Chelsea

Juan Mata was back to his best for Chelsea in their demolition of Steaua Bucharest.

Juan Mata is a player who has not enjoyed the start to the season he may have envisioned, his suitability to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea blueprint questioned by the manager.

The Spaniard was handed a start in the Champions League away to Steaua Bucharest, and played a key role in helping the club soar to a 4-0 away win.

There was one key statistic from the game which illustrates just why an on-form Juan Mata is integral to Chelsea's success.

Mata created six goalscoring opportunities for his teammates, with the team making 19 in total.

The only player to get close to Mata was Andre Schurrle who provided three chances.

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Sadly for Mata, his teammates were unable to convert his wizardry into assists, but there is no denying the potency he provided - with every key pass coming from open play.

Mata also delivered 89 per cent passing accuracy to his teammates - with only Frank Lampard (92) and John Terry (91) more accurate.

The 25-year-old surely cannot have failed to impress his manager. Will it be enough to secure him a regular spot going forward? It's no guarantee, but it can be no coincidence that when Mata is carving apart the opposition, Chelsea end up convincing winners.

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image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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