Juan Mata believes that Andre Villas-Boas is just what Chelsea need to play modern attacking football, with the young manager pushing his players to enter every match fighting for possession and shots on goal.
Since Villas-Boas joined Chelsea in June, the manager has made six new signings at the club. Mata was one of those in the transfer window, and shone through on his debut for Chelsea against Norwich, scoring in the last minute to take the Blues to a 3-1 win.
And the winger believes that Villas-Boas has a game-plan that follows his lead from Porto, where he won the treble in his first and only season at the Portuguese club.
"He is a modern coach. I realised the first day, because the workouts are very dynamic, with constantly changing positions," Mata said.
“Also, we do everything with the ball. Chelsea’s style of play has an offensive mentality and prefers the 4-3-3 formation. FC Porto has demonstrated this style, with a team that matched well with the ball upright and quickly.
“And Chelsea want the same. You do not want the ball only to have it, because then ownership becomes a barren exercise.”
Villas-Boas is aiming to take Chelsea to Champions League glory for the first time in the history of the club this season, and the manager is clearly hoping that a more free-flowing attacking style of play will enable them to challenge European giants like Manchester United and Barcelona.
And with Mata on side, who turned down offers from Arsenal and Tottenham to move to Stamford Birdge, Villas-Boas has a good chance of getting Chelsea back up to the top of the English football once more.