Ex-Chelsea coach slams Mourinho over Mata omission
Ray Wilkins believes Jose Mourinho has made a mistake in not playing Juan Mata
Jose Mourinho has been implored to give Juan Mata and Fernando Torres a run in the Chelsea first team by former number two Ray Wilkins.
The Blues stumbled to defeat against Basel on Tuesday - their first Champions League defeat at Stamford Bridge in 10 years - which means they are currently in the midst of their worst start to a season in the Roman Abramovich-era.
Mourinho has raised more than a few eyebrows by failing to use Juan Mata, twice Chelsea's player of the season, amidst rumours he could be sold.
He has also favoured new arrival Samuel Eto'o over Torres, and Wilkins, who was assistant manager and coach under various ex-Chelsea bosses included Carlo Ancelotti and Luiz Felipe Scolari, believes it is time the Special One admits his mistakes and gives both players a prolonged run in the first team.
“I think Torres is about to do something. It’s been an extremely tough time for him, but I certainly would go with Fernando on Saturday, no question," he told TalkSPORT.
“The only thing I can think of with Mata is that he hasn’t stopped playing football, probably for the last three years solid, and that he [Mourinho] is trying to break him in.
“I personally feel it’s a tad of a mistake because Mata’s creativity is something that is very, very special and Chelsea, at the moment, are lacking his performance.”
Chelsea will have the chance to avoid a 4th straight defeat when they take on rivals Fulham Tomorrow.