Juan Mata Steps His Game Up
Mourinho has been staunch in his criticism of Mata, stating that the Spaniard must improve his defensive contribution in order to secure a spot in Chelsea's lineup. However, after giving him a shot at halftime of their crucial matchup against Tottenham, the little man stepped his efforts up with an inspired performance to help his side to a 1-1 draw. Rewarding Mata with a start against Steaua Bucharest, he repaid Mourinho's faith with a sparkling performance, helping them to a brilliant 4-0 Champions League victory. With Mourinho's challenge laid down, Juan Mata has stepped up in the best way possible. by working his socks off, being a creative force, and showing the talent that made him Chelsea's best last season. With such absurd talent at his disposal, Chelsea fans will be happy that arguably their best player is back in the lineup.