Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Critics Don't Matter to Mata as He Revels in Attacking Approach

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Critics Don't Matter to Mata as He Revels in Attacking Approach

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS'S style of play has been criticised but Juan Mata is revelling in it and believes the coach will lead Chelsea to success this season.

Five defeats in nine matches sparked speculation that Villas-Boas was in danger of the sack less than six months after he arrived from Porto, where he won the Treble.

Chelsea have improved in the past two weeks with back-to-back wins in the Premier League as well as a 3-0 triumph over Valencia, which booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Villas-Boas claimed Tuesday's result was a 'slap in the face' for everyone that has been writing him off and Mata (right) is adamant the 34-year-old is the right man for the job.

He said: "There's always pressure on Chelsea to win and even more so with the manager and squad we have. He's a young coach, he's a modern coach, he's a coach who also has the experience of winning trophies with Porto and I think his idea is to employ a different style of play to what Chelsea have been used to in recent years. …

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