Mata backing Chelsea boss Villas Boas

Chelsea attacker Juan Mata has stated that the players have no doubts over Andre Villas Boas’ tactics, and back the under-fire manager 100 per cent.

Recent defeats in the Premier League and in Europe have resulted in pressure growing on the Portuguese coach, but despite rumours of discontent in the Stamford Bridge squad, Mata has given his backing to the ex-Porto manager.

“It’s never easy to have such negative results, but we all have a lot of faith in ourselves as a team. We have a lot of faith in our coach and in the quality of the squad,” the Spain international told reporters.

“We had a team meeting last week simply to reiterate that we are all together and that we are heading in the same direction and we showed that against Wolves.

“The group has always been very united, and we have always been sure that the secret in enjoying more success as we go forward, in getting out of this moment, has been to stay strong and stay together,” he stated.

Chelsea take on Liverpool in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night before travelling to Tyneside to face Newcastle next weekend in the league.

By Gareth McKnight