Juan Mata Video Score: five / five
Anthony Hudson was recently appointed as the new coach of the New Zealand national football team. He has now embarked on a journey to say whether some of the key players in the squad are interested in caring for the long-term. He is expected to now hold talks with Tommy Smith, as there have been questions surrounding the commitment of the 33 year old defender. New Zealand will be undergoing a rebuilding phase after failing to qualify for the World Cup 2014. Unlike some of the teams in the Asian region, New Zealand have a lot of time to prepare for the next World Cup in Russia.
A friendly match against Uzbekistan is one of the first tasks for the new manager. New Zealand will be preparing for this match by spending one week at a training camp in Doha. New Zealand captain Smith is reportedly considering the possibility of irritating in order to focus on his club career. He is playing for Championship outfit Ipswich Town. New Zealand do not have the large contingent of European players in their squad, but those present are far more important to the team. Hudson has said that he also wants to build a good relationship with the club managers.
“I need to figure out if the player’s motives are right and if he wants to commit to what we’re doing. It’s simple. If a player doesn’t want to play for you, then you don’t really want that person in your team. A lot of it is common sense. As long as we all have an understanding in relation to overseas players, I think we can come up with a healthy plan for all of us. I’d be wrong to make any judgments or assessments on stuff that’s happened before,” said Hudson ahead of his trip to Europe.
The career of Juan Mata during this year has suffered a downfall after going through a disastrous debut season as a player of Manchester United where the Premier League club was not even able to secure a top 5 spot in the English League and during the 2014 World Cup Juan Mata was being used mostly as a substitute as well as only being featured in 1 match.
So far, 2014 has not exactly been the best year for the Spanish midfielder who is hoping that things can take a turn for the best in the next season which is only a few hours away from kicking off in full force.
He said: “Last season was obviously very difficult for the club but everyone was so nice to me, the players, the manager, and the supporters. I’m looking forward now to the start of the new season when I hope to kick-start with some winning form. It’s important to understand how big the club is and to learn about the history of the club and its many trophies. I was really keen to see them all, which is why I went to the museum and I wanted to know more about our club. Going away on tour is also always a great way to see how big the club is over the world’’
“You can sense it back home inEnglandof course, but even on the pre-season tour of theUSyou had the fans waiting for us everywhere and the local press is very interested in what we do. As a team, we’ll be looking to win again. It’s part of the club’s mentality to always be fighting for trophies.”
Juan Mata is expecting that the next season will bring forward success for him and Manchester United and especially now that he can play in his natural role of playing behind the strikers which is something that he was not able to do in the previous season when David Moyes was in charge and Moyes decided to put Mata in positions where the Spanish player was uncomfortable.
The 2014 World Cup has witnessed a number of upsets and disappointing performances from nations which are considered to be the best in the world but did not manage on displaying it at the pitch and took early exits, which was the case ofSpainandItaly.
Spain are the current world champions as they lifted the World Cup trophy in 2010 but this time around they could not even manage on getting past the group stages after losing against Netherlands and Chile.
The early exit that Spain suffered in the World Cup has initiated a wave of criticism not only to the Spanish players but to the coach Vicente del Bosque as they are advising the team to change their playing style and start developing something new but Juan Mata has advised the opposite as he insists that the squad should continue playing in the same manner that enabled them on winning it all some years ago.
“We have to keep trusting in our style of play, it has led us to many triumphs and it allows us to control games, so I don’t see a reason why we should play another way. I feel prouder than ever to belong to this group, this generation. We have remained united in the good times but above all during the bad times, and we have always believed in our football. I have to say that since I arrived here this group has felt like a family, I feel like any other player, the relationship between everyone is fundamental to this team.” The Manchester United midfielder, Juan Mata told reporters.
Spain still has a squad filled with some of the best players around the world but it seems like their tiki-taka playing style is starting to get figured out and countered which is why some fans are advising the Spanish squad on changing things and try to create something new but its easier said than done, Vicente del Bosque does have time however on figuring out what do in their next international event which would be the UEFA Euro 2016.
With David Villa being unveiled as the first player for the new Major League Soccer franchise, New York City FC, Juan Mata believes his Spanish teammate’s move could be the beginning of a mass movement of players to the American league in the years to come.
Mata talked about Villa’s move after it was confirmed he would be the first marquee signing of theManchesterCityand New York Yankees owned franchise and said that that he was happy for him. He added that this is a great step for his career;New York Cityis a great place to live in and hopefully, he is opening the doors for many players to move to theUnited States.
The Manchester United playmaker believes theUnited Statesis a great place to end a player’s career. Football is a fledgling sport across theAtlantic Oceanand if he turns out to be a success, many players will be tempted with a move to the MLS.
Frank Lampard, another former team mate of Juan Mata atChelsea has also been linked with the newest MLS franchise but nothing has been confirmed yet.
With formerEnglandskipper David Beckham also buying his own team in the MLS, the likes of Xavi have been mentioned as stars for the team but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Juan Mata is also not sure what his future holds at the moment. With Manchester United appointing a new manager in Louis van Gaal, there has been speculation that he could be sold withBarcelona keen on bringing the player back toSpain.
However, conflicting reports suggest that only Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, David de Gea and Mata are safe under the new manager with the rest of the team all set to fight out for their futures at the club.
Juan Mata Movie Rating: four / five
Manchester United’s club record signing Juan Mata has stated that he wants to win trophies with the club. The Premier league giants come on the back of a disappointing season in which they have finished seventh. They have missed out on any form of European football for the first time since 1981. Even the signing of Mata for a club record £ 37 million during the January transfer window has not helped the club reach the top four. However, the responsibility back on the club with the rumoured appointment of Louis van Gaal only a few days away.
After finishing the season on a positive note by scoring in the 1-1 draw with Southampton, Mata says that next season, the club will be targeting the league title. He does not see the reason why United can go on to do a Liverpool next season. Despite finishing seventh last season, Liverpool managed to come close to winning the league title. United will have the benefit of having just one game per week next campaign. Further, the club are also expected to strengthen in a number of positions like defence and midfield.
After a slow start to his United career, Mata has been looking great in recent matches.
“I’ll be pushing next season to score more goals, have more assists and try my best for the club. I’ll keep going and fight for the titles. I’m happy with these six months, but I’m looking forward to next season to have a whole year to see how I can perform and how we can be back even stronger. Personally, I’m quite happy because I’ve played a lot of games, I’ve scored six goals and gave five assists as well,” said the midfielder, who ranks as one of the best when it comes to chance creation.