He continued his trait of scoring in each round; this run, however, ended against Leicester City in the quarter-final, which Chelsea nonetheless won On 7 April, Mata scored his 11th goal of the season against Wigan Athleticgiving the Blues a victory over the Latics and kept alive Chelsea's fight for a Champions League spot. Mata started in both legs of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final clash with reigning champions FC Barcelonahelping his side to an unexpected win on aggregate. The match went on to extra time and penalties, with Mata taking Chelsea's first, which Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved. Chelsea, however, went on to win in the penalty-shootout, lifting their first Champions League title. Mata missed all of Chelsea's pre-season games as he was playing for Spain at the Summer Olympics in London, but he returned to play in the FA Community Shield against Manchester City and was substituted after 74 minutes for Daniel Sturridge. Mata assisted his first goal of the season on 22 September against Stoke Cityproviding a great flick to Ashley Colewhich turned out to be the winning goal as Chelsea won Mata went on to win the Premier League Player of the Month award for October after scoring three league goals.
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