Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

AVB's Outburst Could Be Juan Hell of an Error

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

AVB's Outburst Could Be Juan Hell of an Error

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Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay

THERE has, as usual, been plenty not to like about Chelsea this season -- from the Mark Clattenburg affair to David Luiz's sneaky giggle -- but how can the neutral fail to warm to a team featuring Juan Mata? Those who voted for him as Footballer of the Year had a case. Without quite reaching the spectacular heights of Gareth Bale, the little Spaniard has been even more consistent in scoring and making goals.

The electorate of the Football Writers' Association, who honour Bale tomorrow night, must also take into account behaviour and it is hard to recall Mata's standards dropping -- he just gets on with the game. He has all the professionalism of a recent winner, Scott Parker, and great vision and technique on top.

So Andre Villas-Boas picked an odd time to accuse Chelsea of lacking style, even though the former Stamford Bridge assistant and, briefly, manager seemed to be making a more complicated point than some of this morning's headlines implied. …

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