Chelsea ended a miserable run with a succession of victories, against Valencia, Newcastle and Man City.
“The team has shown in the worst moments that we are united behind the manager,” Mata said. “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.”
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