Juan Mata & David Luiz the key to Mourinho breaking his mould

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We have heard the denials over reports of Juan Mata and David Luiz possibly leaving Chelsea, but the uncertainty remains and the links with moves away keep getting brought up.

Jose Mourinho has reiterated that Mata is important to him and he wants him to stay at the club, but there obviously seems to be an issue there with the Spain international's place in the team under his new manager.

Meanwhile, Luiz is currently recovering from a hamstring injury and is yet to appear for Chelsea but soon after Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge was confirmed, reports appeared claiming the Brazil international was concerned over his future and he was being linked with a bid from Barcelona.

Most recently Manchester United were reported to be considering a £30million move for him, while Mata is reportedly a target for north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Even if the pair stay, there is a strong suspicion that they may have to accept a reduced role in any Mourinho side - something that would be a huge mistake.

There is no doubting the Portuguese is one of the best managers around in world football and his record in unquestionable, but he could leave himself open to familiar criticisms if he decides to phase out the pair.

Despite dominating the Premier League in his previous stint with Chelsea, Mourinho's teams were continually accused of being overly physical and turning contests into a competition of athleticism.

His failure to win the Champions League was always said to be a concern for owner Roman Abramovich, as well as the style of football being played at Stamford Bridge. The counter argument to the critics was that good football is winning football, and that is a valid response, though there was something about Chelsea that Mourinho didn't have with his other successful Champions League winning teams.

At Porto he had Deco in his prime; at Inter Milan he had Wesley Sneijder in sensational form and at Real Madrid he had Cristiano Ronaldo. Granted, he was not European champion in Spain, but that was because he came up against the great Barcelona side that was all that Mourinho typically was not.

Mata and Luiz could be the key to Mourinho forging a new reputation in the Premier League, one that has his side playing breathtaking football and full of the potential for outrageous brilliance.

There are a host of terrific players at Chelsea but Mata has been the key to most things they have been doing well over the past two years; the player that has come up with something special at crucial moments.

In Luiz, Mourinho has a rapidly improving defender and a supremely talented footballer. He did suffer with defensive concentration after his switch from Benfica but showed his improving diligence for much of last season.

It ma be a selfish notion, but the Premier League needs players like Luiz and the possibilities he brings when he steps onto the football pitch - unpredictability over functionality is always a more attractive option for this reporter.

That next summer is the 2014 World Cup could dictate that Moruinho's loses the pair, even if he doesn't want to, if concerns over playing time occupy their minds - Mata has already been left out of the most recent Spain squad.

This is a plea to Mourinho to embrace the qualities of Mata and Luiz so that the Premier League does not lose them - they are the kinds of players that make this game beautiful.

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