Juan Mata has coped with being a more bit-part player at Chelsea so far this season under Jose Mourinho, but his patience appeared to snap when he was hauled off in the Premier League clash at Southampton.
Mata's reaction said it all when Mourinho replaced him and Andre Schurrle with Willian and Oscar after 52 minutes:
Making matters worse for the Spaniard, Oscar and Willian both scored as their impact turned the clash the way of Mourinho's men.
Willian and Oscar score, compounding the way Mata has to feel. Agent on the phone.— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) January 1, 2014
It led to speculation that Mata will seek a move away from Stamford Bridge in the January window.