During his years in England, Juan has a great record of results in the matches played on these festive dates. He has played 18 games (11 wins, four draws and three defeats), in which he has scored three goals and assisted four times.
The English teams face, as every year this time, a busy calendar full of matches. Christmas time, unlike what happens in other countries, does not give a break to the players. After several campaigns in the Islands, Juan knows it well. Since his debut season in England (2011-12), Mata has played 18 matches at Christmas, counting the matches played from Boxing Day (December 26) until the first days of January. The balance is 11 wins, four draws and only three defeats. Click To Tweet
The Spaniard has scored three goals and four assists in those clashes. Among those decisive actions, it is remarkable, for the spectacular, the left-footed winner while at Chelsea against Norwich (0-1) on 26 December 2012. In addition to the Premier, the Xmas holidays always hosts FA Cup matches, a competition of which Juan has very good memories. The Spaniard has played three Cup games on these dates, with stunning results: three victories, two of them by thrashing (4-0 to Portsmouth in January 2012 and 1-5 to Southampton in January 2013).
In this season, United’s first Christmas tie will arrive on December 26th against Sunderland at Old Trafford. Next will be the games against Middlesbrough (31 December), West Ham (2 January) and Reading (FA Cup, 7 January).