Monday’s Manager Notes: Mata Struggles At The Bridge

Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 12:23 pm by Phil Mc Grath

Going into round 28 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League Chelsea looked to be a team to watch closely as they prepared to welcome West Brom to Stamford Bridge, with Juan Mata in particular garnering a lot of the pre match attention.

Another blank at Bridge for Mata at the weekend as he struggles to find form at home.

But for the second week in a row the Spanish international failed to produce the goods as Chelsea eventually won out 1-0 on the day thanks to Demba Ba.

Mata’s form is without doubt a little disconcerting heading into the final weeks of the season but it would seem from his stats that perhaps it is not his form that is suffering it is how Chelsea play at home that is the problem.

Mata has 10 goals and 12 assists to his credit this season so there is no questioning his ability but when we break down his returns he has only managed two goals and five assists at Stamford Bridge.

With stats like that you have to wonder is it the set up that is causing the issue as he invariably does well on the road, with eight goals and seven assists on his travels this season.

Either way one things is sure last weekend’s blank at the Bridge now means that he has managed just one goal and a single assist in eight Stamford Bridge appearances since the departure of Roberto Di Matteo.

Chelsea like many do not play in round 29 and with three home fixtures in the next four against West Ham, Sunderland and Tottenham it does beg the question whether or not now may be the time to let Mata go.

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