It is safe to say that Juan Mata has been resolutely locked out of the Chelsea first eleven. Luckily for fans of the Spanish playmaker, scratching their heads with worry, desperately trying to figure out what it would take for Mata to get back into the good books of Jose Mourinho, the ‘Special One’s’ second in charge Steve Holland has hinted at what would be key for the out of favour number 10 to get back into the scheme of things.
Citing the example of Cristiano Ronaldo, and how Mourinho helped the Portuguese forward to reach the next level, Holland said, “When the balance is loaded offensively, you don't just play with the ball but without it as well. He managed that at Real, clearly, given the results he had. With Ronaldo, if you look at the three-year period under Jose, he's evolved as an individual. He's not just a dribbler, but a top level match winner who can run in behind, make runs and threaten the goal. That comes with pushing, even pushing the best.”