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Chelsea fans react on Twitter to Juan Mata's performance v Swindon

Focusing the spotlight closely on the man at the centre of debate at Chelsea, Juan Mata.

Juan Mata was Chelsea's standout performer last season, in the Premier League alone scoring 11 goals and registering 17 assists.

The Spanish international has though been ostracised by new manager Jose Mourinho so far in 2013/14, with just one league start to his name in the loss to Chelsea.

Mata prefers to play in the number 10 role, in which Oscar has excelled this season so far, but was handed an opportunity away at Swindon Town.

Chelsea won the game 2-0 through first half goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires.

Mata played the full 90 minutes and began brightly, fading as the game went on. It was his shot which was saved and rebounded into Torres' path for the opening goal.

Former Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise told SkySports:

"He had a really good spell in first half, created a few chances, got on the ball a lot... not so much in the second half.

"I don't think he's done enough to push Oscar out at the moment. I've seen the form of Oscar over the last few weeks and he's been fantastic, I really do."

Mata's industry was though very much appreciated by the Chelsea staff, with first team coach Steve Holland telling the BBC

"Obviously a lot has been made of the Juan Mata situation because he's a high-profile player. The message to all of our attacking players from Jose from day one has been they need to contribute offensively in terms of their production and of course they have to contribute out of possession and defend.

"That's been the challenge not just to Juan but all of our attacking players. In Juan's case, if you look at his performance here, he made Fernando's chance and was involved in the goal. Those two moments - goal-making and goal-scoring actions."

So it sounds like he is back in the good books, although as Wise points out whether he has done enough to win back a place for next weekend is another matter.

We took a look at what fans had been saying to gauge how they felt about the Spaniard's display:

image: © Ben Sutherland

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