Juan Mata names Valencia as the fittest and fastest player he’s played with
Imagine a team with Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez pulling the strings in midfield.
On the flanks, the speed of Antonio Valencia and Cristiano Ronaldo mesmerises, while Jordi Alba overlaps from left back.
Up front, Robin van Persie and David Villa provide the finishing touches.
That makes up a team of players with the best footballing traits in Juan Mata’s books.
In a question-and-answer session on Manchester United’s website, the Spaniard named compatriots Alonso and Hernandez as the best passers he’s played with and against.
Ronaldo is the fittest opponent, while Valencia is both the fittest and fastest teammate.
Antonio Valencia (left) is both the fastest and the fittest teammate, according to Mata
Barcelona’s Alba is the fastest player he’s played against.
Not surprisingly, Mata named teammate Radamel Falcao as the best finisher he’s played against.
The Atletico Madrid hitman has scored just four goals in his season-long loan for the Red Devils, but had equalled Colombia’s national scoring record of 24 goals by converting a penalty in a 3-1 win over Kuwait on Monday (March 30).
Fastest and fittest player he’s played with: Antonio Valencia
Fittest player he’s played against: Cristiano Ronaldo
Fastest player he’s played against: Jordi Alba
Best passers he’s played with and against: Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez
Best finisher he’s played with: Robin van Persie and David Villa
Best finisher he’s played against: Radamel Falcao
Source: Manchester United website