What’s the Mata?

Chelsea fc and Spain diminutive winger laments over his exclusion from the latter’s next two World Cup Qualifiers in Belarus and Spain, describes it as ‘tough.’

Chelsea’s in form playmaker, Juan Mata, who has hit a rich vein of form for his clubside recently, has voiced his disgust at not being selected amongst the 23 men that will execute the next round of World Cup Qualifiers.

It would help to recall that Mata was amongst the Spanish squad that vanquished the rest of Europe at the last Euro Cup that was co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine where he scored the final goal of the tourney in a four nil win over runner-up Italy. He was also in the Spanish squad that failed to get out of the group stage at the Olympics in London.

Juan Mata looked jaded at the start of the season, for his clubside, in the opening games of the season. This made Chelsea manager, Roberto di Matteo requested that Mata be given a lay off in the World Cup Qualifier against Georgia, and friendly against Saudi Arabia that followed.

His rest yielded dividends as Mata has since looked sharper, and he has contributed to Chelsea’s league position and Champions League group pole position with goals and assists.

After his newly gained form, the playmaker told the readers of his blog Grada360.com that he was quite confident that he would be picked by the Spanish national team coach, Vicente del Bosque.

Mata, through his blog, said “Not being called to join the national team was tough. bad news for me, I can’t deny it…even more since I feel in such a good moment. Obviously I was hoping to play with Spain, as I have done in the last four years.”

Vicente del Bosque, on the other hand, has explained Mata’s exclusion, blaming it on the quantity of top players available for selection.
He said, “we have a problem with quantity, not quality. It
pains me to leave out some of those who haven’t been called up,
because there are others who could have been here.
“He wasn’t in the previous list because we agreed with Chelsea that he
had to have a break which he didn’t have in the summer. But we haven’t
any space to bring him in this time.”

Surely, Chelsea wouldn’t be that worried sick. His ‘oversight’ means less ( yes, less. I wouldn’t put it past footballers to get injured doing virtually nothing, considering Vicente Rodriguez, a Mestalla legend, got injured from pandiculating) susceptibility to injury, and it will guarantee him freshness that will come in handy during the course of the season.

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