After Juan Mata was named in the starting lineup for the game against Southampton on Wednesday, Chelsea fans would've been celebrating as chances for Mata have been limited this season.
In the unforgiving conditions at St. Mary's, Mata was showing Jose Mourinho his class with some key passes, with one fantastic move after a couple of quick interchanges with Eden Hazard.
However, only five minutes into the second half, Mata was brought off by Mourinho alongside Andre Schurrle to make way for Oscar and Willian. The German Schurrle had looked quite ineffective throughout the match and it was no surprise to the travelling supporters that his time was up.
But Mata? Even the Spaniard himself wasn't expecting it and came off less than impressed. What followed was not a pleasant sight for Chelsea fans.
For the first time this season, Mata was shown as complaining to his teammates and throwing a tantrum on the bench. Michael Emenalo and Michael Essien both tried to calm Mata down. Even the travelling supporters were showing their discontent towards the substitution with chants in favour of Mata against manager Mourinho.
Oscar, though, was sublime. Both he and Willian changed the game completely and gave the performance a different dynamic, which resulted in a 3-0 victory for Chelsea. Apart from the horrific dive from Oscar, his two assists and one goal in the match justified Mourinho's substitution and the fans at the end were even chanting the manager's name.
At the end of the match, Mourinho himself implied he was open to Mata moving on by claiming his "door is open" should anyone want to move on.
With his outburst yesterday and Mourinho clearly saying Oscar is his preferred no. 10, surely it would be good for Mata to move on. I'm sure Chelsea fans will have to accept it as well and some will even say is necessary to move Mata on for the good of the player himself because someone of Mata's quality does not deserve to be on the bench for the majority of games.
Mata is obviously not short of admirers and he would be better off leaving - especially with the World Cup. Even if the majority of Chelsea fans do not wish so.
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