Juan Mata blames form and injuries over slow start at Chelsea
Chelsea forward Juan Mata has shrugged off reports about his exit and being out of favor in the eyes of manager Jose Mourinho. Mata insists poor form, exhaustion, and fitness problems are the reasons behind his slow start to the season.
Mata, who has been Chelsea’s player of the year for the past two years, was expected to move out of Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window, but the saga ended with Mourinho insisting he needed Mata in his squad and the Spaniard playing down concern over his future at Chelsea.
The 25-year-old Spain international moved in to Chelsea in 2011 after the London club paid Valencia €28 million for his services. Ever since moving to Stamford Bridge, Mata has been Chelsea’s best player, but Mourinho’s arrival has changed all of that.
Mourinho has made little efforts of introducing Mata in his team. Mata has only played in 64 minutes under the former Real Madrid manager and by the looks of it this statistic will not be improved anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Mata admits he has struggled to return to full form since his injury during the Confederations Cup during the summer in Brazil.
“After a few days [of pre-season] and a couple of games I felt a bit of pain on my quadriceps and I had to slow down,” Mata wrote. “It was something new for me because I had never had these kind of problems, but I kept calm: it was (it is) still the beginning of the season. That’s why the first weeks of training were a bit tricky for me.
“At present I’m feeling better, looking forward to enjoy again a great season. The club has entered a new stage and we want to keep winning trophies and making you happy! I’m positive that this team has a lot to offer. My goal, as always, is to keep learning to become a better player.”
Mata has been replaced by Chelsea’s latest generation of midfielders. Mourinho insists he wants to give the young home-bred midfielders a chance, since they have performed brilliantly last season.