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Mata has to wait until February for his chance, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea Juan Mata 2014 transfer rumours

Amidst rumours of a possible sale in January, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Juan Mata remains part of his plans and that the Spaniard cannot get game time because of the form of other players. Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Willian have all been stunning in recent weeks.

Mata, who has won Chelsea’s Player of the Year award for the last two seasons, has been on the bench in the last two matches. Mourinho says that Mata’s absence in the last two matches should not be linked with his reaction to being substituted in the 3-0 win over Southampton.

The same has been the case with Andre Schurrle, who did well in the 3-2 defeat against Stoke by scoring both our goals. According to Sky Sports, Mourinho said:

“The others (Oscar, Willian, Eden Hazard), they are playing very well and the team is playing very well.

“But we need other players. If the game goes on being 0-0 then Mata is coming into the game as he is a fantastic player. But the game went into another direction, we scored and then after that my brain worked in another way.

“But we need them. We need Mata, we need (Andre) Schurrle, we need these players as we cannot do it with three.

“Maybe in February maybe some are not in the best form and Juan is coming at the top of his game.”

This may be a plausible explanation from Mourinho, but Mata will undoubtedly be bemused by it. After all, he has been Chelsea’s best player by some distance in the last two seasons. He has so far been very professional about the situation, but his frustration seems to be growing by the day.

Several bookmakers have been offering odds of around 2/1 for Mata to join PSG in January.

The World Cup 2014 changes the dynamic of the situation entirely, as Mata would want to be part of the starting line-up ahead of the likes of David Silva. At 25 years of age, he is at the peak of his career. Will he accept Mourinho’s words and wait until February for his next chance?


  1. I don’t like d way jose is treating mata,if he is not in his plan let he sell him to PSG

  2. Even at his best he hardly start games ahead of D Silver, Xabi or Iniesta. Hweva, he nid 2 up his game n use d minutes given 2 him in order 2 make his heard

  3. Mata need 2 up his game a if he want to be use in all cfc game.

  4. Mourinho is not ready 2 use mata coz mata is more bga dan mourinho‘s game period.

  5. olasupo bukunmi mathew

    I dont know the reason and what wrong with morinho if he was in one club he will hate player he did it at chelsea first with chevchenco, madrid with casillas even inter if he know that mata is not his plan i beg you selling him for p.s.g okay

  6. How Can a player up his game when much playing time is not given to him.Was it not thesame player that won d club player 4 2 consecutive seasons,as 4 me jose has nothing to offer to d football any more.To ego centri.when RDM or RAFA was in charge we saw beautiful football,we all are happy 4 tiki taka game,there was rotation in the team,jose came and want to play his rugby football not knowing is a game of soccer.

  7. olasupo bukunmi mathew

    Haaaa i love this guy please morinho giv him time to play because of world cup……hunmmmmm is now show that morinho did not want spain to win world cup and he hate any spanish player he know that torres was not inform that is why he is used him morinho you are not a good coach

  8. Mata shd step up his game,he is a fantastic player bt of recent we hvnt seen d vry best of him

  9. Chelsea fans which I’m a part of are often tyms ungreatfull with their attitude….how else can a player who has won the best player of the team in two seasons up his game.. Jus because mou” doesn’t use him doesn’t automatically mean he has dropt his game… Every coach has his own favourite, so don’t be supriced when the rjected stone 2moro becomes the chief corner stone…..mata I believe ur time must come


  11. U people are not chelsea funs but mata brothers since.jose is there to work hard and not with lazy once .cos u cant see yaya toure and start parnic

  12. Just hold on mata u will soon laugh!!!

  13. I dont think Mata lack anything in chelsea,s squad, if he need to up his game it mean its Mourhino that down his game because he was fantastic before Mourhino came. Mourhino just hate Mata telling him right in the plane before he landed London that Mata is not part of his plan

  14. Pls: d special one! Sel mata let him go nd enjoy his profession pls, nd if posible all blues players were all good players, so i sugest u use them one by one, i mean nxt match dis person nxt one d other person

  15. Mata, shld try to adapt n stop being lazy, if ur coach wnts u to imprv ur work ethic in order to b a regular, den he shld do it instd of sulkn. Azplicueta plyd out of pstn at lft bk n gv hs hearts out, myb schurrle, mikel, a.cole, luiz, bertrand, debruyne shld, ba shld cmpln n leave so d team ll ply wt 16plyas, mata isn’t d only gud playa in d chls team.

  16. Mou needs mata in the team so mata should wait his glorious year are ahead of him in chelsea

  17. Mata loses d ball nd refuses 2attack smh. Let him qo jare,oscar,hazard nd willian wil murder any team dat cums our way.

  18. Long-stay@ChelseaFc; Mourinho… Long-stay; MataJuan… Long-titles winning streak; CHELSEA F.C. Mata we all luvU @chelsea Jus stand 2 ur toes nd b proteanous 2 Mourinho’s hardwrking blueprints. Up CHELSEA f.c even 2 the faults..!

  19. I can now realise there are a lot of none chelsea fans on this blog the team is established to win games in order to win trofies. Now mourinho is doing well to win games for chelsea even with the absence of our best player of the past two seasons. He is trying to build a team of equal strengths at all parts. So if u want to see beautiful game without winning you can pls join swansea n stop disturbing mourinho. Thank u.

  20. He needs to up his game period…. He has not been in best form this season. Talking about little chances, that’s was the same thing William had until he uped his game and tracks back. Mata doesn’t shoot like Oscar n Hazard, he is good in giving passes. Our strikers are all goal shy with clear-cut chances. So having a mata that doesn’t track back but rather give passes to strikers that won’t score is a big disadvantage to us.

  21. Mata should play at all cost

  22. Some pple don’t knw football, Mourinho plays antifooball so he can’t handle players like mata,inesta,silver,wilshere b/cos he is in need of physical football, had it been john cena plays football that is type of player he will love 2 buy.

  23. pliz guys wenever u make a comment 1st reread it before u post it.i will lough for the next 3 day on hearing that mou cant handle wilshere type of a player he is a bull lyk of a player.anyway am a big fan of mou ad nt mata so am sorry mata i ihv to follow mycoch nt u.

  24. Ple coach , Jose morino i want 2 talk about Mata, Mata is d one best c.f.c players, Because i personally like Mata game , Mata no how to pass accurate passing and all so give better corner , dat is d two things dat i use 2 like Mata game , ple coach Jose Marino let Mata be not sell or lone 4 c.f.club because Mata is one of d best chealse important players will have in c.f.club , ple coach Jose Marino dtn sell or lone Mata don’t do that mistakes for c f club, thanks Jose Marino God is our side, i like C F CLUB THE BLUE 4LIFE Sin, ANDREW O.S

  25. Jose Mourinho should use Juan Mata because he has good potentials. Keeping him on the bench will only diminish his form now and remember World Cup is fast approaching. I believe if he doesn’t have a place in Chelsea,he could leave and that will be something else for Chelsea because we’ll loose a good player of his quality to another team and that won’t be funny.

  26. mou let mata go psg.

  27. Sell Mata and later go and buy him for £50m … Chelsea should learn 4rm matic deal…

  28. mata is a great player..he just need tu adapt under mou..nd fr chelsea fan lookin fr ticki tacka,dats wat RDM nd RAFA BENITEZ did nd by december dey were out f d title race..jose has d upper hand here..willian tracks back,same wit oscar while schurrle nd mata doesn’t..mata wil come gud..nd as fr d anti-football,yes mourinho used it at chelsea nd won titles in his first stint..in MOU i trust as chelsea wins duh treble..

  29. Hazard oscar and willian are doing better at the moment.

  30. mourinho wot is wrong wit u, mata haz bin chelsea best player for d past two season, and now ur appointment as a coah u are now benching our best player daz really unfair atleast act like a father to him even if u hate spanish dont hate mata like dat mata is such a humble player he has no problem he alwayz kip calm plz our coach mk chelsea fans both abroad there even in nigeria here we dont like d way u are treatin mata we want u to start him in every game if not he might be a floop becos world cup is fast approachin is like u dont see silva of man city, mancity has big squad bt wen ever silva cum bak frm injury he do plays ball becos his coach trust him but u as our coach u don’t put ur trust in mata, pls let mata play we love him n we love u to n we love d good work u are doin kip it up sir jose mourinho up chelsea!!!!!! And up matic am expecting one goal from matic as we play man u thanks dis is all for mata he is d best n will remain d best of all time