It has been quite an unconvincing start for Chelsea this season. The return of Jose Mourinho was heralded as the club's catalyst for a serious title challenge. However, the Blues have struggled to gain any real momentum in 2013/14, and it looks as though this could be another transitional season.
Juan Mata has found it more frustrating than most, appearing to have been frozen out by his Portuguese coach which is a surprise to many. Mata was scintillating last campaign scoring 20 goals in 64 appearances and adding numerous assists.
International teammate and Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla believes Mata will win back his place in the Chelsea side.
"He seems calm and convinced that he is going to change the situation and he has a lot of faith in himself," the Spaniard told the Daily Mail.
"I think he will show that he is worth his place in the team at Chelsea, but it is difficult for him at the moment because going from being an important player to being on the bench is tough."
There is a lot of admiration for Mata who adds a lot to the Chelsea side and it would seem that he will need to be patient as Mourinho seems to prefer Oscar in the infamous No.10 role.
There was a comparison between Mata and Oscar last season which saw Mata come out as the more efficient midfielder, but Mourinho is convinced this is an unfair comparison as Oscar was mainly deployed as a right-sided midfielder as part of a diamond shaped midfield four under Rafa Benitez.
Mata is an invaluable player who has many managers in world football who will no doubt be following his situation at Chelsea very closely, none more so than his former manager Benitez who was rumoured to have been weighing up an offer In the summer which did not materialise. he may be back in January. This story may run and run.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.