Juan Mata has claimed Andre Villas-Boas may have paid the price for trying to change the way Chelsea played too quickly - but denied the players forced him out of the club.

Villas-Boas' sacking as manager followed widespread reports of dressing-room unrest at Stamford Bridge.

But winger Mata, who was signed from Valencia last summer, told Spanish radio station Cope: "No player in the squad has done anything or thought about a change in the coach. He was the manager and we all put our faith in him. He had good ideas and he wanted to change things in the club but, in the end, it is the results that matter. Nobody got rid of him."

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