Mata’s team is the leader, four points ahead of Yokohama Marinos. The Japanese competition will resume on the weekend of 20 and 21 of October.
He had financially compelling offers, but Juan Mata chose the Vissel Kobe proposal. Seduced by the sporting project – with the possibility of winning titles – and Japanese culture, the Spanish international was presented at the beginning of September. The ambition with which he arrived at Kobe has been proved in light of the results.
With the League (the J1 League) on a break due to international duties, it is a good time to review the classification and make balance. Since Juan arrival, Vissel has strengthened its leadership. The victory against Yokohama Marinos (0-2) on 29 September was especially important. Right now, Mata’s team is four points ahead of the second placed team (precisely the Yokohama side).
There are five matchdays left until the end of the season on the first weekend of December, and Vissel Kobe is close to winning its first J1 League title. It would be the most important title in the history of a club whose record already includes the Emperor’s Cup and the Super Cup; and the second trophy that Juan Mata lifts in a few months. The Asturian won the Turkish Super League with Galatasaray at the end of May.