He needs no introduction does he? Juan Mata was the only silver lining to our rather disappointing league performance last year and this year has epitomized everything the Chelsea holy trinity stands for.
This is Mata’s attacking heat-map taken from all his games from the start of this season to the Capital One Cup clash against Manchester United that ended 5-4 (including) .
As seen the three attacking players move up front. This happens because Ivanovic and Cole or whoever is our full-back will not be there for width, hence Mata, Hazard and Oscar have to move to the flanks while one of them moves up front with Torres. Moreover Ramires pushes up front with his pace while Mikel holds the middle of the park. Chelsea’s counter-attacking philosophy does not believe in playing it through the middle but more on moving to the flanks, quickly cutting in and then drifting wide again. Mata is integral as his cutting in and drifting attitude helps us out at the right. Hazard loves to be in the middle and will probably stick to the center than go to the left. 17,9,11,10 and 7. These roles are not fixed at all, anyone can take up any role. That’s the beauty of it.
Sherry Philips ( @bluebloodSherry ), Deputy Editor