Chelsea’s Juan Mata: I want to show everyone that everything is OK

Juan Mata is confident his hard work will pay off as he looks to establish himself in Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side

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Juan Mata signed for Chelsea from Valencia in August 2011 Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata is confident his hard work will pay off as he looks to establish himself in Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side.

The Spain international has seen his first-team opportunities limited under the Portuguese boss so far this season, starting only two Premier League games.

But the 25-year-old, who played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday as Chelsea beat Swindon 2-0 in the League Cup, is hopeful that he will be able to force himself back into the starting line-up in the coming weeks.

“I’ve been training hard but it’s not the same,” Mata is quoted as saying by the Sun. “You improve your rhythm by playing games.

“I’ve worked hard and wanted to show everyone that I can play and everything is OK.

“It is easy for me to focus on football and just do what I have to do. The only thing I have in my mind is to keep working, keep training hard, keep improving and keep scoring and making assists. That’s what I did.

“I’ve played in three positions. In the beginning I was playing as a left winger, then on the right and last season as a number 10. I feel comfortable playing in any offensive position.

“It’s better if a player can play in lots of positions rather than just one.”

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