Stamford Bridge new boy returns to the Mestalla.
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata returns to his former club Valencia tomorrow in the Champions League with the crowd intently focused on him.
The 23-year-old swapped the Mestalla for Stamford Bridge this summer in a £23.5million deal.
Former team-mate Pablo Hernandez is excited about playing his friend but expects the playmaker to be in for a rough ride.
“I talk to him a lot and am very excited to play against him,” said the forward.
“But on the pitch there are no friends, so we will try to beat Juanma and his team, and then after the game wish him well.”
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will look to keep his scoring touch going but he knows the Spanish club will not be a pushover.
“They are a great team and we know that they are ready for us,” Torres said about Valencia. “It’s going to be very, very tough.”
Chelsea are in a period of transition under manager Andre Villas-Boas and sit three points behind Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier league.
But goalkeeper Petr Cech said staying top of their Champions League group with a second win would help Chelsea in all competitions.
“Everybody is counting Valencia as one of the main rivals so this will be a difficult one,” Cech said.
“If you are chasing every trophy it is always good to have many points as soon as possible in the Champions League, gain qualification and then concentrate on the Premier League and the Carling Cup.”