Chelsea stand united behind AVB

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Juan Mata believes the Chelsea players have shown that they are 100% behind manager Andre Villas-Boas after a run of three wins in nine days.

The Blues went into last Saturday's clash against Newcastle with the pressure mounting on AVB, but back-to-back 3-0 wins against the Toon and Valencia were followed by last night's 2-1 victory over league-leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Mata has been an integral part of the recent resurgence under the former Porto boss, and is confident the club's fight for the title is well-and-truly back on ahead of Saturday's trip to Wigan.

"The team has shown in the worst moments that we are united behind the manager. 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," said Mata.

"We have to keep trying. We have not won anything just by beating these teams, but we have to keep fighting to win games because we are still in with a chance of a lot of trophies.

"It was a very important win against the league leaders, and it gives us a lot of confidence. We have won three vital games, against Newcastle, Valencia and now this one, which has broken the negative run we were in and now we can hopefully start a good sequence to keep on rising up the table."

The former Valencia star also had kind words for Frank Lampard, who came off the bench to hit the winner for the Blues from the penalty spot in west London last night.

First team starts have become harder to find for the 33-year-old England international, but Mata believes the 'legend' has plenty left in the tank for the coming seasons.

"Lampard is a legend here, a legend who keeps on providing a lot of good to the club. He is a great presence to have in the dressing room and, for me, he is a standard-bearer for the entire world of football," added Mata.

"I have only known him a few months but he is a great guy and he has been very accommodating to all the new players coming in.

"He has the experience to remain calm, even when he's not playing, to know that there will be times when he will play because there are so many games. He still has a lot to give. He will score a lot of goals and play a lot of games this season, I'm sure."

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