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MATA'S letter on his website "I never forget: thanks, Chelsea!" Juan Mata Chelsea goodbye with an emotional letter Hi everyone, As you can imagine this is a very important day in my life, and with the

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3 hours ago, the wes said:

 

Said it before, it is really sad that he's let his career drift into nothingness. Has done nothing of note since leaving us. 

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7 hours ago, Jason said:

Said it before, it is really sad that he's let his career drift into nothingness. Has done nothing of note since leaving us. 

he should have went to Atletico Madrid or Juve or Bayern or PSG  or Inter or AC Milan (but they have destroyed their team, so maybe not) and said fuck you Mancs

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2 hours ago, Vesper said:

he should have went to Atletico Madrid or Juve or Bayern or PSG  or Inter or AC Milan (but they have destroyed their team, so maybe not) and said fuck you Mancs

Arsenal would of been the next best move for him I think personally.

Likes of Ramsey, Walcott, Sanchez, Podolski, all good runners off the ball in the final third. Someone with his ability at picking a pass, would create chances although they did have Ozil which maybe made them not maintain their interest from when he was in Valencia.

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On 12/24/2019 at 8:42 PM, MoroccanBlue said:

I’d say that 2012/13 season was his potential/prime. Think he had something ridiculous like around 20 goals and 35 assists. 

Then Mourinho came...

I was not aware of this.

Yes, 19 goals and 35 assists. Crazy!

https://www.transfermarkt.com/juan-mata/leistungsdaten/spieler/44068/plus/0?saison=2012

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21 minutes ago, NikkiCFC said:

I was not aware of this.

Yes, 19 goals and 35 assists. Crazy!

https://www.transfermarkt.com/juan-mata/leistungsdaten/spieler/44068/plus/0?saison=2012

I know he speaks fondly of Mourinho but fact of the matter is, he ruined him. From winning the CL to having one of the best individual seasons ever in a Chelsea kit, all prior to Mourinho arrival. 

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4 minutes ago, MoroccanBlue said:

I know he speaks fondly of Mourinho but fact of the matter is, he ruined him. From winning the CL to having one of the best individual seasons ever in a Chelsea kit, all prior to Mourinho arrival. 

Mata, Hazard, Salah, KDB... What could have been...

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3 hours ago, MoroccanBlue said:

I know he speaks fondly of Mourinho but fact of the matter is, he ruined him. From winning the CL to having one of the best individual seasons ever in a Chelsea kit, all prior to Mourinho arrival. 

Mourinho ruined or tossed away many great players, and not just here

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9 hours ago, Styl1994 said:

Could you imagined a 4231 

Kante De Bruyne

Salah   Mata   Hazard   

            Lukaku 

what could have been 

Swap Lukaku for Costa, put a DM/DLP in instead of Mata (who could be the impact sub) and make it a 4-3-3 then we're talking.

         DM/DLP

     Kante   KDB

Salah               Hazard

           Costa

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Interesting was thinking back on his time here  and what he’s done after when I seen him play earlier for United.

I know his career hasn’t exactly kicked on since he left us but he has nearly 100 goal involvements for United - 50 goals and 47 assists - in 271 games so basically a goal or assist every 2.8 games or 3 whatever your pick is. Not amazing but considering he hasn’t really ever been a regular there bar under Moyes prior to his sacking and Van Gaal for a bit but again in and out, it’s still not exactly been a career wasted so to speak, just has maybe underachieved (say that lightly though based on the trophies hes won still). 

It still does pain me to think what he could have continued to do here although he did have his limitations but at the same time the technical ability and quality that so many others didn’t have who lasted a lot longer than him here. For example Oscar and Willian. 

Overall though throughout his career, 618 club games, 137 club goals and 157 club assists. Basically a goal or assist every 2 games or close enoigh. Plus he’s won the World Cup, the Euros, the CL, Copa del Rey, 2 Europa Leagues, 2 FA cups and the EFL/Carabao Cup. So all in all not done too badly which is why maybe a waste of a career is a bit harsh although United being piss poor over a long period has largely contributed to a lack of medals. If he had gone somewhere else or stayed he’d have bound to have won more.

Would say his playing style and lack of athleticism has made him a victim to how football over the last 10-15 years has seen this continuous emphasis and rise on everyone being even more athletic and even more extremely fit to play in these top teams. The majority of them all now seem to be associated with this relentless gegenpressen or counter pressing approach or whatever you want to call it and doesn’t look like its going anywhere any time soon.

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