Chelsea’s Juan Mata looks forward to putting ‘strange week’ behind him

Juan Mata admits he is looking forward to putting a "strange" week behind him as Chelsea gear up to host Manchester City

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

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Juan Mata admits it has been a “strange week” at Chelsea after Rafael Benítez was appointed as Roberto Di Matteo’s successor at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard was unveiled as the club’s new interim boss just a day after the Italian was axed following the 3-0 Champions League defeat at Juventus.

But Mata knows the Blues must now put a hectic few days behind them as they prepare to host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“It was a strange week with the defeat against Juventus and with what happened to Robbie but now we have to carry on,” Mata told Chelsea TV.

“We have to keep training hard and look forward to the next game and to keep winning trophies, and I think this club deserves to win trophies and we are trying to do that.”

Mata says he has been impressed by Benítez’s approach to training since the former Liverpool boss took over this week.

“Not only Rafa but the people who came with him, all of them are high level and Rafa is a great manager,” he added.

“He had very good experiences at Valencia and Liverpool so I think we are trying to help him and he is trying to help us, so we are together and trying to win.

“We are training in a different way, we are training more on movement, tactically, and it could be better for us trying to press and trying to play as a good shape.”

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