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The Best of Juan Mata on Friday Night Live

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Fresh off his Player of the Year award, everyone's favorite little bundle of creativity, Juan Mata stopped by the Chelsea TV studios Friday night to field a few questions from the fans. Done as a special edition of their regular Friday Night Live show, the fans asked questions via twitter, which were (presumably filtered/screened) then communicated through the medium of Gigi Salmon.

Of course, the club's official TV channel is not likely to throw any player under the bus (see: Torres, Fernando - around February-ish, I believe it was) and so most of the time this segment becomes one big giant puff piece with an endless stream of boring, soft questions thrown out...but Matinha did manage to provide a few choice quips that caught the eye, including a glimpse into squad dynamics, the Manager, and Lucas Piazon.

Hit the jump to see some of the more interesting ones, as transcribed by the official Chelsea Tweety-Bird. The full hour of Friday Night Live replays twice today (Saturday) and once more tomorrow morning before the match.

On winning the FA Cup...important not just on a professional, but a personal level - it was Mata's first top-flight club trophy:

@juanmata10 'Winning the FA Cup with my family there was a very good day for me. From the 1st day I realised what it means.' #askmata (SL)
May 11 via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

On the still interim manager Roberto Di Matteo...Mata joins others who have mentioned how much they appreciate RDM taking the time to talk to them individually and to bring passion and enthusiasm to the table. This is as good an endorsement as Di Matteo has had so far to win the job for next year:

@juanmata10 'RDM's speeches are very emotional to get us ready for games. I think he has everything.' #askmata (SL)
May 11 via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

The common conception (at least my conception of the common conception) is that Juan Mata's best buddy on the team is Fernando Torres, but it really seems like that honor goes to Oriol Romeu, with whom he even has a friendly table tennis competition! Like a brother! Mata also mentions Ramires and David Luiz fondly and often, but that's hardly surprising - who wouldn't love those two!?

@juanmata10 'Torres helped me a lot when I first came, and Oriol is like a brother, but @davidLuiz_4, Ramires, Meireles, Sturridge r good.'
May 11 via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

Lastly, Matinha seems fairly confident that Lucas Piazon has a bright (Chelsea, implied) future. If Mata says, it must be so!

@juanmata10 'Lucas Piazon is like Ramires and @DavidLuiz_4 younger brother. He is quick, fast, a typical Brazilian. Next season he'll play.'
May 11 via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

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