Juan Mata has backed "legend" Frank Lampard to force his way back into the Chelsea side after the England midfielder again vented his frustration at being dropped.
Lampard claimed manager Andre Villas-Boas had yet to tell him why he had been left out of the team for Tuesday's Champions League win over Valencia and Monday's controversial Barclays Premier League 2-1 victory against Manchester City, but vowed not to quit the club.
But he did his hopes of a recall no harm by smashing in the winner from the penalty spot, and summer signing Mata insists his fellow midfielder still has plenty to offer, saying: "Lampard is a legend here, a legend who keeps on providing a lot of good to the club."
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