Chelsea have always been ‘united’ behind Villas-Boas, insists Mata

Chelsea's Juan Mata is confident the Blues will now embark on a winning run following their victory over Manchester City

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Mata signed for Chelsea from Valencia in August Photo: The Sport Review

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Juan Mata insists Chelsea’s players have always been behind manager André Villas-Boas – and is confident the Blues’ win over Manchester City has signalled the end of their “negative” run of form.

Villas-Boas’s position had come under scrutiny following a series of disappointing results, including league defeats by Arsenal and Liverpool. However, last week’s Champions League win over Valencia, followed by Monday night’s triumph over the Premier League leaders has given the Londoners their belief back, according to the playmaker.

“The team has shown in the worst moments that we are united behind the manager,” Mata told Chelsea’s website. “Now that we are in a run of results where things are more positive, everything is easier, but we have shown that we are together with the manager and the technical staff, like a family.

“The manager wants everyone to feel involved, and feel ready to produce the goods, and that is what we have now. There are lots of players here but we all feel like a part of things.”

Chelsea fought back after conceding an early Mario Balotelli goal at Stamford Bridge to become the first team to beat Roberto Mancini’s pacesetters in the league this term.

And with Chelsea moving up to third in the table with Monday’s victory, Mata is hoping the Blues can now string together a sequence of positive results as they look to challenge for the title.

“We showed our character when we went behind to City,” he continued. “We could have really dropped down but we didn’t lose any fight. We managed to turn around the game against the league leaders and a team who had not lost a game before this season. That gives us a lot of belief.

“We have won three vital games, which has broken the negative run we were in and now we can hopefully start a good sequence to keep on rising up the table. We have to keep fighting to win games because we are still in with a chance of a lot of trophies.

“The most important thing in football, in any sport, is confidence. A few days ago, we did not have as much confidence as we do now, and that can only be attributed to results. We can keep growing and growing in confidence.”

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