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Ray Wilkins baffled by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's Juan Mata snub

Ray Wilkins believes that Juan Mata should have featured for Chelsea in last night's defeat to Basel in the Champions League.

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins has claimed that he does not understand why Juan Mata was not used during last night's defeat to Basel in the Champions League.

The Spaniard, who has been considered second fiddle to Oscar in the number 10 role, failed to come off the bench as the Blues succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.

Despite Mourinho's praise of Mata, the Portuguese coach has suggested that the midfielder should not expect to secure a regular first-team place anytime soon.

"Juan Mata gives you great creativity going forward but he is a tremendous retainer of the ball as well and they didn't have that [against Basel]," Wilkins told talkSPORT.

"I thought we would have seen Juan Mata play in the second half, but it wasn't the case. They have got so many creative players in that area that it is obviously a personal preference of Jose's to use the other guys."

Mata was named the club's player of the year last season.

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Willian of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013
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