Chelsea star Juan Mata will prove to Jose Mourinho that he deserves a place in the Blues' starting line-up, according to Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla.
Mata has played a peripheral role at Stamford Bridge this season under new manager Mourinho, who has called on the Spaniard to adapt his game in order to suit the current system.
But Cazorla believes his close friend, who has been Chelsea's Player of the Year for the last two seasons, has the mentality and ability to bounce back from this testing period in his career.
"Mata is a great teammate and a great player," Cazorla told Sphera Sports. "He has served two brilliant years at Chelsea, being their best player with tremendous performances, and he is one of the best players in the Premier League.
"I see him remaining calm, confident that his situation will change, and he has faith in himself. I think he’ll show that there is still room for him at Chelsea, but it is true that he is now going through a difficult time because by not playing, and going from being an important start to the bench is difficult to take in."
Mata will start in tonight's Capital One Cup clash between Chelsea and Swindon Town, and will be determined to show Mourinho that he deserves a place in the Blues' side to face Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.
(Quotes were translated by 101greatgoals)