A CHELSEA fan has the bizarre theory that they will win the Premier League next season… because of Juan Mata.
The Blues have endured a dismal season this time and sit in a weak 12th place going into tomorrow’s last matchday.
It’s not all gloomy and gloomy for one backer, however, having spotted a similarity to a previous campaign that gives cause for optimism.
Their theory concerns the possible sale of Mason Mount, with the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year reportedly leaning towards a summer move to Manchester United.
Mata made the same move in January 2014, moving from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford for £37million.
Citing similarities between the situations, the Chelsea fan wrote on Twitter: “In 2014 we sold Mata to United, a two-time Chelsea POTY who received an assist in a CL final win and missed a penalty in the final shootout. We won the league.” the following year.
“Mount, a two-time POTY who assisted in a UCL final and missed a penalty in the cup final, could join United?”
Mata, now 35, set up Didier Drogba’s equalizer in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Whilst Mount assisted Kai Havertz’s winning goal in the win over Manchester City in 2021.
The Blues have had a terrible season, although fans may be heartened by reports that Todd Boehly is ready to “retire” from football.
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Frank Lampard has endured a terrible period as caretaker manager – winning just one of his ten games as manager and losing eight.
He is set to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino on a full-time basis before next season.
Asked if he had any message for his successor, Lampard said: “I wish the new manager well. I think it’s his problem.”
On the attractiveness of the position, he added: “I think it’s a fantastic job because it’s the Chelsea job.”
“When I first took the job, I probably got it because a lot of top managers didn’t want the job.
“While I know it was a big part of it, I’m enjoying the process and it’s fun to come in.”
Lampard, 44, will take the lead for the last time tomorrow as the Blues take on Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.