Juan Mata backed to shine

Fernando Torres has stated that the signing of Juan Mata will help to inject some pace into the Chelsea team, and help him to find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

The £50million man has only scored one goal for the Stamford Bridge club since moving from Liverpool in January, and has admitted that the process of settling in London has taken longer than expected.

“When I changed club, I knew it was going to be a slow process, although I didn’t expect it to be so long,” he told ligabbva.com.

“Chelsea is, between the English teams, maybe the least English. That’s because of the kind of player Chelsea has – an older player, who plays very slow, who has a lot of possession, and that’s what the club is trying to change now.

“It’s normal that it takes some time; it’s not easy to find midfielders because the best are already in the best teams and that’s why I said that the arrival of Mata is going to give another pace to the team,” he continued.

Mata moved to England from Valencia over the summer, and Torres is full of praise for his international team-mate.

“It’s a great signing. I’m sure he’s going to be a very important player for the club. He has all the skills that will help Chelsea to grow and be again at the same level as United, I hope this year.

“He’s that kind of player who gives another pace to the game, another way, another way of slipping his markers. That’s something Chelsea lacks nowadays. They are trying to redesign the team and he’s the kind of player we need, young, experienced, world champion.

“This kind of players are not going to be frightened of coming to a new competition and will refresh the team,” he finished.