The Portuguese coach is under pressure after an inconsistent start to his managerial career in England, but the Spain international has faith in the tactician’s methods.
“It’s true we’ve had a little crisis of results,” Mata told Marca.
“But Villas-Boas is doing things very well and both the players and the club have a lot of confidence in him. He won everything with Porto last year.
“I get along with the coach and he tries to talk to every player in his own language,” he stated.
Mata also backed his countryman Torres, despite the £50 million man’s poor goal-scoring record and apparent lack of confidence this season.
“I am happy every time Fernando plays. He is a person who helped me a lot when I arrived and he is still helping me. He deserves to triumph,” he continued.
“Torres was very good in the last game. He wanted to play a full game, is training hard and wants to contribute to the team.
“He can rest assured that the team and the coach all have confidence in him. I’m sure he will score many goals for the club,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight