Juan Mata vs Aston Villa | Player Performance Analysis

Juan Mata vs Aston Villa | Player Performance Analysis

After a convincing derby defeat in mid-week the pressure at Old Trafford was reaching boiling and spurred the infamous airplane banner protest during the first few minutes of the game. It meant Manchester United needed someone to step up and Juan Mata put in his best performance since his move in January. Moving to Manchester United to play in his favoured (and best) position behind the striker, Mata encountered the same problem with Rooney and Van Persie’s places in the …
Mourinho’s Matter with Mata: The Rapidly Discounted Importance of Juan

Mourinho’s Matter with Mata: The Rapidly Discounted Importance of Juan

“I’m sorry I couldn't make Juan a stronger player.”
Not the selection of words one would enjoy any manager choosing to use to describe you. It’s understandable, then, that Juan Mata got the hint that his future was no longer with Chelsea. So, on January 26th, Juan Mata made successful his escape from Chelsea and approved a £37.1m transfer deal to Manchester United. No longer would he be asked to patrol the outer reaches of the Chelsea right …
Juan Mata Vs Cardiff | Player Performance Analysis

Juan Mata Vs Cardiff | Player Performance Analysis

A sight all Manchester United fans could not wait to see Tuesday night was the debut of their new record breaking signing Juan Mata. After limited game time and increasing frustration at Chelsea, the 37-million-pound man was eager to play and opted for a fresh start. If anyone was going to pull United out from their current bad patch they would have to be world class, and this is exactly what the World Cup winning Spaniard is, no doubt about …
Manchester United's £37.1m signing | Juan Mata EPL Career Stats

Manchester United's £37.1m signing | Juan Mata EPL Career Stats

Manchester United completed the signing of £37.1m Juan Mata breaking a club-record in the process. The fee paid to Chelsea breaks the record of £30.75m which was paid to Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov. Manchester United supporters will be excited that they have purchased one of the league's deadliest creators over the last two years with only David Silva being able to rival his creativity and assists. Below you'll see a break down of goals, assists and chances created from his …
Carmille's Chelsea Column: Where Did Mata Go? Plus Highs & Lows of the Week

Carmille's Chelsea Column: Where Did Mata Go? Plus Highs & Lows of the Week

This week’s column will discuss the role of Juan Mata in the current Chelsea squad and analyse his importance to the team, and look at the highs and lows endured by the Blues in the past week. Juan Mata has been without a doubt Chelsea’s most influential player since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2011. Mata’s first campaign (2011/2012) saw him earn the Chelsea Player of the Year award, contributing with six Premier League goals and 13 assists, the …
Why Juan Mata must start for Chelsea | Stats compared to rivals & team mates

Why Juan Mata must start for Chelsea | Stats compared to rivals & team mates

As the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night it became even clearer, to those who hadn't already worked it out, that Jose Mourinho simply doesn’t know his best XI at Chelsea. A lot of players came in this summer, and there is a suggestion that Chelsea have barely touched upon the issues that the squad had at the start of the summer. The increasingly apparent need for a world class central midfielder wasn’t addressed, and in Samuel …
Fulham v Chelsea | Match Preview - Mata & Berbatov Stats

Fulham v Chelsea | Match Preview - Mata & Berbatov Stats

Wednesday night see’s Fulham take on Chelsea at Craven Cottage in a West London Derby with local bragging rights at stake. This game has serious importance for Chelsea who need all three points if they are to continue their fight for a top four finish in the league. Fulham on the other hand are sitting comfortably in the middle of the table on 40 points but will be looking to get one over their local rivals and further add to Chelsea’s …
Mata supports Mourinho appointment | Mata Stats

Mata supports Mourinho appointment | Mata Stats

Juan Mata has spoken of his support for the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager, and has set his sights on a title challenge for the upcoming season. It was confirmed earlier this week that Mourinho will be leaving Real Madrid come the end of the season, and indeed this news was not met with surprise. He has endured a conflictive period in Spain, clashing with both the media and his own players, and the decision to part ways …
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