5 Best Juan Mata Moments at Chelsea
Best Juan Mata Moments at Chelsea
So many great memories, so many memorable moments. The career of Juan Mata as a Chelsea player was one filled with highs and absent of lows. Yet, the time came where the Blues made a deal with the devil and now the ‘Special Juan’ is donning Manchester United’s famous No. 7.
Chelsea fans though, will always remember Mata wearing the No. 10 on a blue background, abusing opposing defenses while being a soft-spoken rock star.
Yet, as they say, the brightest candle burns out twice as fast. And so was the career of Juan Mata as a Chelsea player; short but sweet.
The player wanted to stay at Chelsea to spend the peak of his career winning trophies, and battling for domestic and European glory. But things change and the return of one crowd favorite in Jose Mourinho spelled the end for the other in Mata.
The player who had tallied 33 goals and 50 assists at Stamford Bridge was now deemed surplus to requirements. The player that had lit up the grandest venues with his intricate passing and fabulous flair, and won Chelsea’s player of the year two years in a row, now has gone north.
But Juan Mata left Chelsea with blue in his heart, and left the club and its supporters so much to be thankful for. His time was short but his impact was irreversible.
So, without further ado, here are the five most memorable Mata moments as a Chelsea player.
Winning the 2012 FA Cup Final
Juan picked up the Man of the Match award with a dominating performance in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Liverpool.
The Spaniard assisted Ramires' opener with a beautiful, long through ball that the Brazilian was able to connect with perfectly.
Winning Chelsea's Player of the Year Two Years in a Row
For two years running Mata won Chelsea's Player of the Year award and is the current holder of the Player's Player of the Year award, proving that he has earned the gratitude and respect of his peers, the most important thing a teammate can have.
He was not just a fan favorite, but a team favorite as well.
Winning the 2013 Europa League Final
Once again, Mata worked his magic, sweeping in a beautiful corner that met Branislav Ivanovic at the far post. The defender did the rest, looping his header over the keeper and into the far corner.
He was pivotal in helping Chelsea win its second European trophy in as many years.
Scoring the Winner at Old Trafford 2012/13
From beating the enemy to joining them.
Mata's solo goal was the difference in Chelsea's 1-0 win at Old Trafford. The game earned the Blues three much needed points in the league, and was the last home loss for Sir Alex Ferguson -- for you history buffs.
Winning the 2012 Champions League Final
The best of the best.
Juan Mata's most memorable moment was probably the most memorable moment in Chelsea's history as well.
His perfect in-swinging corner was met with power and as they say, the rest is history.
This was the first of two European finals in which Mata assisted the pivotal goal.
No matter where he goes, this man will be class, and he will always be a Blue.