Jose Mourinho isn't one to mince his words. If the Portuguese coach tells you that you're not playing, he usually has a good reason for doing so, and if he tells you that he wants rid of you in the next transfer window then, well, you probably don't have too long left. And that is what the London Evening Standard is suggesting will happen to David Luiz, Juan Mata and former Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
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With the confirmed signing of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen for £18m, how will Jose Mourinho balance all the attacking talent at his disposal and who will be left out of his plans?
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Juan Mata - 7.24
There is no doubt who our player of the season was last season. Juan Mata collected 6 goals and 13 assists from his Premier League season, as from then on, he has gone from strength to strength.
It was maybe harsh he didnt collect the award again statistically this season, but when you see the man that got it, you can understand why.
‘The new Maradona’ ‘The new Messi’ or ‘The new Pele’.
If I had a penny for each time one of these comparisons was made, I may well be able to purchase our star performer of the last two seasons, Juan Mata.
The £17m purchase from Valencia has shown his worth in just 18 months at the club, finishing as Player of the Year in his debut season at the club, as well as receiving the Man of the Match award in the 2012 FA Cup final win.
Terry has been missing for three games now, and whilst we have shipped 9 goals in them games, we have still managed to win two of them.
It certainly seems like Di Matteo is adopting the ‘we’ll score more than you philosophy’.
Luiz has been partnered with Cahill for those games, and he has been marked as very doubtful for the Swansea clash by Di Matteo today, meaning that the likelihood is that Ivanovic will push across, giving Azpilicueta a chance to star in the right-back role.
Juan Mata could be forgiven for wanting a rest. 53 games for Chelsea last season, ended with a Euro 2012 campaign with Spain, before jetting back to England, only to compete in the Olympic Games for Spain’s football team as well.
He was our player of the season last year, with 23 assists, and 12 goals, completing a fantastic debut season since his £24m move from Valencia.
Mata clocked up 54 appearances for Chelsea in his debut season, impressive on all accounts since his £24m move from Valencia in the summer.
He scored twelve goals, including one on his debut versus Norwich, and notched a notable twenty-one assists also.
As well as scoring on his league debut, he netted the second on his Champions League debut, against Bayer Leverkusen in early September.
For those of you outside of Europe, or those that country hasn’t even qualified for Euro2012, who will you be supporting?
I will be giving you a helping hand, by looking at the players that are representing Chelsea, and their countries at Euro 2012, and their chances of doing well.
On Saturday I had the delightful choice between shopping or spending most my day staring at my laptop screen watching my beloved Chelsea face Everton. As much as the shopping sounded tempting – just as much as watching next door’s painted fence dry – I chose the footy.
After a shocking end to 2011, Chelsea have managed to start 2012 with two wins and they will be keen to make it three out of three against Sunderland.
It was one of those games where the score doesn’t tell the entire story of the game.
Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be keen on signing Everton’s impressive youngster Jack Rodwell.
Mata became the third Spaniard to join Chelsea in 2011, following international team-mate and fellow World Cup-winner Fernando Torres and Oriol Romeu
Group E is still wide open, Chelsea will be keen to avoid defeat or face being dragged into the possibility of Europa League football.
I think I speak for all the blue's fans when I say we'd only benefit from having the option of the wide play, that can spread the attack, as well as allow us to have the full backs for cover, which will bolster the defence and eradicate this gung-ho attitude of leaving the two center-backs left open.