Juan Mata Video clip Rating: 5 / 5
Juan Mata was a fairly consistent performer for Chelsea during his stay at Stanford Bridge but things took a huge turn in his last season when Jose Mourinho was barely even taking into consideration, the presence of the Spanish midfielder and the former coach of Real Madrid preferred using Oscar, Hazard and other players instead of the 25 years old midfielder.
The lack of playing time ultimately led to Mata being offloaded to Manchester United but the player has recently revealed that it was in fact Mourinho who advised him to make a move to the team of David Moyes.
Mata said: “We spoke and he Mourinho said that he thought this was a good option for me, and I told him I thought this was a good option for me’’.
“We didn’t speak for long. I wasn’t playing, and to be honest, I am happy when I play football. “It’s the thing I like to do the most. He wished me good luck and told me to be good, as did everyone at the club Chelsea. I’m very grateful for my time at Chelsea and for all the trophies I have won. We had a fantastic relationship; I had great relationships with several of my teammates’’.
The transfer of Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United was a switch that surprised many fan, players and even coaches considering that the skilled midfielder was offloaded to a club that is a direct rival to Jose Mourinho. Despite not going through the best of seasons, Manchester United remains being one of the rivals of Chelsea and gives United the opportunity on improving their current campaign as well as the possibility of finishing on higher spots in the Premier League.
Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack says that he cannot understand why Jose Mourinho does not seem to like Juan Mata, who has been one of Chelsea’s best players over the last two years. The Spaniard was brought to the club for £ 23 million from Valencia in 2011. He has been a star performer by contributing numerous assists over the last two years.
It has been a major reason towards the Champions league and Europa league success that the club has achieved during this period. However, Mourinho has sparingly used Mata and has cited the lack of defensive work done by the Spaniard for the absence. Ballack, however, does not believe this, as he reckons that Mata should be in the team on a regular basis. He also thinks that Mourinho should have been able to get the best out of the strikers, who have found it hard to score goals.
Instead, Chelsea have been relying a lot upon the trio behind strikers – Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Willian – for their goals. Ballack, who played for Chelsea from 2006 to 2010, says that his former club can expect a tough tie against Galatasaray in the Champions league last 16, but expects the 2012 winners to go through to the next round.
“I can’t understand why Mourinho is having trouble to get his best from his forwards and I think not playing Mata is a mistake. Galatasaray are a major club in European football and it won’t be an easy game for Chelsea – but I expect them to qualify. I watched the Juventus game which lasted two days! It was an interesting match and Juventus were pretty annoyed afterwards but there is no point talking. Over two legs anything can happen,” said Ballack, who also recalled the fond memories he had with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
Juan Mata Video Score: 5 / five
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is likely to remain on the sidelines according to manager José Mourinho, who has stated that he is struggling to find the midfielder. The future of the Spaniard has been heavily speculated this campaign after he lost out of place in the Chelsea first-team despite being the club’s best player in the last two seasons. During this period, he helped the club win the Champions league and the Europa league titles along with an FA Cup as well. However, Mourinho has been preferring Brazilian Oscar to the number 10 role this campaign.
This has intensified rumours that Mata may join clubs like PSG, who was showing interest in him. The former Valencia man has won the best player of the year award from the club in the last two seasons. Mourinho has stated that he can select only 11 players every time the team steps onto the pitch. However, he says that a number of players at Chelsea deserve to start at the moment, but they are unable to do so due to the limitations.
“There is one thing that is obvious, which is I can’t change the rules and I can’t start the match with 12, 13 or 14. I’d love that because many people deserve to play and Juan is one who deserves to play because of the way he works, behaves, the way we see him every day. But if I play him and I don’t play (Eden) Hazard or Oscar, you are asking me about Hazard or Oscar in this moment,” said Mourinho.
Even when Mata has featured for the team, he has been substituted quite early.
The press have been obsessed with Mata’s absence from the team, but Mourinho reckons that leaving out the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar for the Spaniard will also draw similar questions.
Juan Mata Video Ranking: four / five
Juan Mata Video Score: three / 5
There have been several rumours about a possible swap deal between Manchester United and Chelsea involved in two superstars Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata respectively. The future of both these players is under a lot of speculation despite the insistence from José Mourinho that Mata will not be sold. Speculation has not gone away because Mata has not been playing regularly for the Chelsea team since the return of Mourinho. He has largely preferred Brazilian midfielder Oscar, as the attacking midfielder to play just behind the striker.
Chelsea have been trying to get Wayne Rooney in this transfer window. Mourinho said during their pre-season tour that it was Rooney or nobody else because the club has already finished the transfer activity. Manchester United, though, have been steadfast in their insistence to not lose Rooney go to Chelsea, who they consider as their main rival. Chelsea already have had two offers rejected for the 27-year-old. Speculation has come about in recent days that Chelsea may consider swapping Mata with Rooney.
United are on the lookout for a new creative midfielder, and this solution will be amicable for both parties. Mourinho refused to remain coy on this situation and he did not comment on this issue.
“That’s the only official contact we had with Man United. Till Monday, we have nothing more to add to it. We make the bid and they say no again. What do we lose? One email. To me it is not a difficult decision because you want very much to keep Rooney or you don’t want to keep him? But that old-fashioned mentality of, ‘I don’t sell players to clubs in the same country’ – I think doesn’t help. You see in Italy it happens every season without any problems. Filippo Inzaghi played for Juventus, Milan,” said Mourinho.