Analysis: Why Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t trust the brilliant Juan Mata
Figuring out why Juan Mata isn’t starting for Chelsea…
Before the season started, many had pencilled in Chelsea’s Spanish 25-year-old playmaker as a potential player of the season contender…
However, three games in, and Chelsea’s reigning player of the year has not made a Premier League start under new boss Jose Mourinho.
Instead the returning Portuguese boss has brought in £33m Brazilian Willian who plays in a similar position, and started Eden Hazard and Oscar over the brilliant playmaker.
But why is Mourinho showing so little faith in a player with such undoubted ability?
Here’s four potential reasons:
1) Mata’s defensive inabilities:
For as brilliant as Mata is, he does not put the defensive work in Mourinho normally requires from his midfielders. Mata was afforded the luxury of hovering in be...
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