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Do You Think He Saw This Coming?

Do You Think He Saw This Coming?

Picture the scene. You've just delivered the corner from which the winning goal in the Europa League final was scored. You're celebrating at the final whistle with your team-mates, another monumental victory in which you played an intrinsic part. You've had another superb season at the club you love and are responsible for a decent chunk of their success. You're hotly tipped to retain Chelsea's player of the year despite the plethora of team-mates who could also argue a strong case for winning the coveted title.

This probably epitomizes Juan Mata's sentiment at the end of last season. Oh, how his fall from grace has been profound. His imminent departure from Chelsea will be felt throughout the club but do you think he was wary of this fate when the Blues were poised to re-enter into one of the most famous love affairs football has ever witnessed?

The Special Juan never really hit it off with Jose did he? Despite active attempts to 'adapt', Mata has failed to impress this season and looked, during his infrequent performances, a shadow of the creative genius who orchestrated successive European titles in the two years before.

Obviously, it has been well documented as to why Mata fell out of favour. He isn't a Mourinho player, fair enough. But I really don't think even he saw this coming. From hero to zero and in such a brutal fashion.

I promise this is the last piece I'll write on this whole sorry state of affairs as I feel like the horse I'm flogging has seen its best days. I'd like to hear what you guys think and whether or not you believe Mata had any idea he'd be playing for United 8 months after winning the Europa League with Chelsea.

As an intriguing transfer deal draws to a bitter-sweet close, I leave you with a little thought. When a player moves to another club, the reception he gets from his former fans usually depends upon which club he's moved to. Manchester United is an unwritten taboo and we don't take too kindly to traitors. But Mata, despite the acrimonious circumstances of the deal, doesn't deserve any such label. He's a gent, a true professional who deserves respect. He's immortalized himself in CFC folklore for that magical moment in Munich and I hope he succeeds at United [Just not too much]. The way he's conducted himself throughout this season should be an example to all the want-away, over-hyped teenagers who serialize a fabricated struggle for a wage increase. If, and when, he plays against us next season, I, for one, will stand up and applaud the guy. I hope you do too.

Up the Blues!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday January 25 2014
Time: 7:11PM


JM is a Legend for me, Although he'll be playing for manu nw, looking on the bright side, he jst abt help in taking points off our rivals for the title. Wish him all the best though cos he does deserve the best.
25/01/2014 19:38:00
Jose sees our players almost every day of the week, and Mata has had quite some time now to change/impress his boss without success.. He is just not good enough to play in our current formation where every player have to do their part. Matas idiotic outburst on the bench after being subbed was an eye opener for me, he basically lost all of my respect there and then. This is great business by CFC, it's a lot of money for someone who's not even a bit-part player. I will not boo Mata, neither will I cheer for him. He is no Chelsea legend compared to Essien, who I will miss a lot more.
Vegard Remen Furu
25/01/2014 19:39:00
Sure I will applaud him when he returns against us next season! Thank you and Goodbye juan!I hope you succeed very well as a player up north...
25/01/2014 19:41:00
Gutted he's going but what can you do
janner blue
25/01/2014 20:02:00
funny how the herd blindly follow the bandwagon, in this virtual world, just to appear to be cool and in conformity with the popular sentiment even if it's not what some of them truly want deep inside - a fact I can safely bet my left nut on. LMAO.. But definitely not me, as I'll have to have gone absolutely nuts to wish a fecking manure well, let alone applaud or cheer. Wait a sec @Tom, are you kidding me even?? LOL.. Anyway, do whatever you want with your hands or mouth matey, you own 'em; I own mine. So for the records, feck manure, feck their players[including Juan], feck their fans and whatever it is they stand for! Chelsea legend my black ass!!!
HGH Magic
25/01/2014 20:03:00
as long as a segment of the gooning lot still boo and jeer Ashley Cole, 8 trophy-laden seasons after leaving the trophyless N5, I'll be gobsmacked if some of our gutted fans don't boo and jeer the traitor out of Mata if he ever happens to become a top player for manure, or score against us!
HGH Magic
25/01/2014 20:17:00
Mata was great for us in the last 2 seasons. But, things do change in this world. He was not even a super-sub this season. I don't get how some claim to be Chelsea fan and abuse Jose on this matter. 1 thing I am sure of is Mourinho is many folds more important to Chelsea than Mata ever would be. Mata would go down as a great player for the club, but certainly not a legend. Essien is more of legend and no one is even mentioning his departure.
Keyser Soze
25/01/2014 20:18:00
Granted Jose is to blame for his departure, so the 'experts' and sentimentalists would have us all believe, but why manure of all 'clubs'?? Why oh why Mata? Why become a fecking manure, huh? What manner of a Chelsea 'legend' becomes a fecking manure? Unheard of! Hmmm....
HGH Magic
25/01/2014 20:41:00
GOD BLESS YOU TRUE LEGEND MICHAEL ESSIEN, AND YOUR KNEES, FOR NOT BACKSTABBING THE TRUE BLUE FRATERNITY AND INSULTING YOUR ROYAL "BLUENESS". YOU'RE THE PERFECT DEFINITION OF THE CLICHED TERM "CHELSEA LEGEND", by going abroad. But by all means feck a fecking manure that Juan has shamefully become! Feck all traitors everywhere! Feck 'em all. Carefree.
HGH Magic
25/01/2014 20:55:00
Thinking of it still make me mad, fok Mata, fok manure, fok them all.
25/01/2014 21:01:00
He betrayed our love and trust, he BETRAYED us!!!!!!
25/01/2014 21:02:00
Cant forgive him.
25/01/2014 21:02:00
Mata is too decent a person for me to wish him anything but goodwill personally but i will be real here..just like HGH said, in my book he is no Chelsea want to see a Chelsea legend..look at the Bison, Michael Essien..Look at someone like the Drogs or the immortal Gianfranco Zola. My honest sentiment is to hope that maybe his arrival to ManU helps them take points of the gunners and city purely for obvious selfish reasons but beyond that i will not mourn if he flops there and has to quickly be shipped of to PSG for all i care. I am still hoping and praying for ManU to finish out of top 4 and squarely in a Europa league spot where that tournament can sap them dry next season. That is just me..i will be straight up about it. I cannot wish ManU any goodwill and that includes all their players and management. Anyone who thinks that because we sold Mata to them means ManU will show us some gratitude or respect is living in a bad dream world. Guys need to go to the Manu chat rooms and see what they are saying about us, our manager and our owner regarding even sanctioning this is far from complimentary to the great degree. They would immediately give us the middle finger if we asked regarding any of their players who could concievably help us such as for example Chicarito hernandez and honestly i cannot blame them for that attitude and sentiment..that is the way it is and has been. We are the ones who broke from that standard Modus operandi and hopefully we are not made to look like absolute mugs for it in the next year or two the way the Gunners were regarding their RVP sale to the same ManU. Let it be clear our questionable generosity in this matagate business will certainly not be reciprocated if and when the shoe is on the other foot.
25/01/2014 21:30:00
I don't think he's trying to wish Man U well I think he's trying to say good luck for mata, You'd be mad to wish manure well
25/01/2014 21:34:00
Well said @Tom, I'm really glad a true fan like you have come up with a piece like this despite Mata's departure to Manutd... I really appreciate how you reason.... Arrogance is not what makes one a real fan of CFC.... I don't know of other clubs where miscreants, hooligans and hoodlums are paraded as true fans, but for CFC, true fans have healthy sane heads... You described Mata's experience perfectly well "From hero to zero and in such a brutal fashion." People fail to understand that the sudden change was enough shock to destabilize Mata and affect his morale... People can say he's not good enough for Chelsea today, useless, etc... I can do with all that but the very painful thing is to read comments of so called fans of CFC who were jubilant when we won the CL, when we won Europa cup and when we secured top 3 finish last season... to now call Mata nasty and degrading names, it's just a big shame.... We can't blame him for deciding to go to Manutd, it's an opportunity for him to revive his career, I don't think any of the self acclaimed "true fans" would have acted differently... Calling Mata a traitor is just too extreme....
25/01/2014 21:56:00
To those of you calling mata a traitor,if you have been working at a place for over 15years with so much dedication and passion then all of a sudden,your boss tells you,you aren't important as you are used does that sound? Even when you tried to work harder but nothing changed,a top rival company comes for your services and your boss is happy to let you leave,won't you jump at the opportunity to become a happy worker that you were?? Mata did all he could,jose told us mata had no future in CFC as a no 10 by stating he wants to build with oscar as his no 10,Mata worked harder to get into the team irrespective of where he was going to play,he did his work defensively and offensively when he was on the pitch and was always bundled out after the hour mark..Mata didn't leave chelsea because he wanted to win trophies,he didn't leave because he wanted a pay rise,he left because he needed to be happy,he needed to play football,even when he wasn't playing he was calm,he was earing 70k a week,he didn't push for an increased salary,juan was happy with us..then why call him a traitor when the club was willing to let him leave to a rival also..last summer there were reports that the club was already discussing an improved contract for mata,all of a sudden we heard nothing about it anymore,instead there were talks of renewing the contracts of terry,lamps and cole(Mou's kinda players),that first gave me the doubt about mata's future at chelsea,then when mourinho said the door was open for mata to leave at the beginning of this window,I knew mata's days at CFC were numbered...jose wanted to sell him!jose sold our fan favourite!!! Leave mata alone,leave a united player and former chelsea fan's favourite alone...All the best juan! Thank you very much and goodbye :(
25/01/2014 22:08:00
You can read Mata's Open letter to Chelsea fans on here.
25/01/2014 22:14:00
Wrong and misplaced analysis point debating this anyways,he's a top professional,and we say our byes and move on. He was influential,became less influential,and became less happy. It's normal in this sports of ours,while you were influential,some other players spot you took became less influential. Only 11 can play its difficult to keep everyone happy.
25/01/2014 22:24:00
Exactly @Wizacar, that's the message... It's not Mata's fault that the deal was sanctioned, the board and Mata have absolutely no other option but to sanction the move, Manutd would have sold Rooney to us had Moyes showed little to no interest in retaining him... or decided to bench him. Talking about Club legend, it depends on how we define that individually... Mata may not have spent so many years here but he is a part of our important historical moments, in fact, a very active part...
25/01/2014 22:25:00
Well said @lat and hazard11, legend or no legend no one can take his achievements away from him while he was a chelsea player. Cl winner, europa cup winner, fa cup winner and 2 times player of the year. Am so happy for him because he is a fine gentle man and a good lad. For those that said he won't make no difference in that man United team just watch the space very soon we will start seeing the goals hit the net, exquisite passes, incredible free kicks and those deft touches but unfortunately in a man United shirt.
25/01/2014 22:28:00
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