By Alex Martin For Mailonline
Published: 09:54 BST, 3 August 2017 | Updated: 09:54 BST, 3 August 2017
The Europa League winners will face their Champions League counterparts in Skopje, Macedonia on August 8 in what will constitute the Spaniard's third appearance in the annual showpiece.
But having suffered defeat with the Blues in matches against Atletico Madrid in 2012 and Bayern Munich a year later, Mata is yet to lift the season-opening trophy; something he believes will change on his third attempt.
Juan Mata celebrates with a clenched fist after scoring the winning goal against Sampdoria
'We [head into] the