Juan Mata was very happy at Chelsea before Jose Mourinho was appointed manager. He had been voted as player of the season for the previous two seasons.
Mourinho wasn’t a fan though and regularly put him on the bench, publicly insisted that Oscar was the better player.
Mata has been asked about this criticism and happily pointed out that he’s matched his goal scored for Chelsea, but in much fewer games.
If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats, then I’m happy to be a luxury player. I want luxury players in my team. I like creative players and players who do different things. It’s easy to say certain players are luxuries, especially when you’ve lost a game.
When you lose a certain kind of player – the creative players – always get the blame.
I’ve scored as many goals for Manchester United in the Premier League as for Chelsea, but in something like 30 games less. In terms of scoring and assisting and I’m quite happy with the stats, and stats don’t lie. They are facts.