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Mata wins players' player of the year award
« on: May 16, 2013, 10:44:04 PM »
The 2012/13 Players' Player of
the Year award has been won by
Juan Mata .
The club's annual awards
ceremony, which is currently
taking place in the Great Hall at
Stamford Bridge, is being hosted
by Ed Chamberlain and Vicky
Gomersall from Sky Sports, with
Mata taking the night's fourth
The award, which was voted for
by members of the first team
squad and technical staff, went to
Mata following a season in which
the Spaniard has consistently
produced top-class
He scored the winning goal in the
recent Premier League win over
Manchester United, as well as
netting decisive strikes against
the likes of Tottenham Hotspur,
Arsenal and Norwich City.
A modest Mata, though, paid
tribute to the rest of the squad.
'I want to say thank you to all of
my team-mates,' said the 25-year-
old. 'I feel very proud to play for a
team like Chelsea with all these
amazing players, so it's a thank
you to them.
'We have 24 or 25 top players
and any one of them could have
been the winner.'
Shortly before, Frank Lampard
was presented with a Special
Recognition award for the
service he has given the club
since signing for the Blues in
The Blues midfielder, who has
just signed a one-year contract
extension, was presented with
the award by Bobby Tambling ,
the man whose goalscoring
record he surpassed last
weekend to become our all-time
highest scorer.
As Lampard collected his award
on stage, he reflected on the
brace at Aston Villa which
secured his place in the history
'Getting the equalising goal on
the day and drawing level with
the great man himself was a big
deal for me,' he said. 'It was such
a huge game for us, and I kind of
felt it would be the day after
scoring the first one.
'I can't really explain it. I thought
it would be good when I done it,
but I didn't realise quite how
good it would feel. To have the
fans at Aston Villa and my team-
mates celebrating with me at the
end was quite emotional for me,
so thanks to all the lads.'
Shortly before, Lampard had
presented Nathan Ake with the
Young Player of the Year award.
It's been a season of progression
for the young Dutchman, who is
equally comfortable playing in the
centre of defence or in a deep
midfield role.
He made his debut for the first
team as a late substitute in the
Boxing Day win away at Norwich
City, before playing the full 90
minutes in February's FA Cup
victory at Middlesbrough.
Ake, who has also featured for
both the Under-21s and
Under-18s over the course of the
season, was then given his first
taste of European action when he
started our away game against
Rubin Kazan in the Europa
The 18-year-old was an unused
substitute in last night's Europa
League final win against Benfica,
but was simply delighted to be
'It was really special,' said the
youngster. 'When you're 18 and
involved in the squad, the Europa
League is really big, so it was a
great experience for me.'
Earlier in the night, Oscar won
the Goal of the Season award for
his second goal in the 2-2
Champions League draw against
Juventus back in September.
Supporters were given the
opportunity to register their vote
on this website from a selection
of 11 brilliant goals.
The Brazilian, making his first full
start for the club, had opened the
scoring moments earlier, and
doubled our advantage with a
sublime strike.
After taking an Ashley Cole pass
in his stride, he eased away from
two defenders with a deft touch,
before bending a wonderful
strike beyond the despairing dive
of Gianluigi Buffon into the top
corner of the net.

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Mata wins players' player of the year award
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