It has been a humbling experience for Juan Mata in recent weeks.
Chelsea's star Spaniard has been left out of the starting line up for most of the games this season, leaving Blues' supporters infuriated and leaving Mata scratching his head wondering what he did to deserve a spot warming the bench.
But this experience could benefit Mata in the future as he comes to a pivotal point in his career.
It's an old cliche, but one that holds merit. The tough times prove what kind of man you are, and these times are going to prove what kind of player Juan Mata is.
Mata has a chance to shine despite these tough experiences. He has a chance to grow as a player and grow as a man. Every player has difficult times in their careers, and this is just part of the process for Mata.
As he develops throughout his career this experience could benefit the Spain international. He has had to work hard to earn the approval of Mourinho, and he has had extra motivation to play better. The Special One's criticising of the Spaniard's style of play has allowed Mata to improve on other aspects of his game, such as defending.
As a result the Chelsea star is developing into a better all around player and this will benefit him in the future.
So although Mata is going through some tough experiences right now, he will grow from them and be a better player as a result of it.
Now do not get me wrong, Mata is a fantastic player and if I were the manager of Chelsea I would have him in the starting line up week in, week out. All I am saying is that this difficult period may alternatively benefit Mata in the long-run.
Excuse the cliches, but Mata has to make the best of the situation and prove what kind of player he is.
After all, pressure makes diamonds.
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