Grant admits he can’t understand Mata omission.
Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant admits he cannot understand why Jose Mourinho is continuing to leave Juan Mata out of his first-team plans, the Metro reports.
Mata’s future came under some speculation towards the end of the summer transfer window, with Mourinho seeming to be keen on building his side around the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and new signings Andre Schurrle and Willian.
And so far this has proven to be the case, with Mata being limited to few opportunities for Chelsea so far this season, failing even to make the bench for their win against Fulham at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
This has come as a surprise to many fans and pundits, with the Spaniard widely regarded as being Chelsea’s best player for the last two seasons, as well as arguably one of the best in the world in his position.
Grant, who took charge of Chelsea after Mourinho’s first spell at the club ended in 2007, admits he finds the situation puzzling, though he also concedes that with so many talented attackers in his squad, the Portuguese coach was always going to face possible criticism for leaving someone out.
“I personally don’t understand [why he left Mata out],” Grant said. “But in this position Chelsea have so many players, so if Oscar, Eden Hazard, or Willian are out, people will ask why they are out of the squad or team.
“A manager needs to take a decision and in this case it’s a tough decision. Jose will know how to manage them well.”