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Juan Mata needs to have faith in Mourinho's system

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Two-time Chelsea Player of the Year winner Juan Mata needs to 'trust' Jose Mourinho, according to assistant first-team coach Steve Holland.

Mata has been outstanding for the Blues since his arrival in 2011 and has established himself as a fans favourite.

But since Mourinho's return, he has been frozen out from the starting eleven and needs to amend his game in order to fit into the manager's system. It is down to the player to be professional and convince his manager that he still has a future at Stamford Bridge.

And there's no better way to bounce back than in their Capital One Cup tie at Swindon Town.

Holland, a firm believer in Mourinho's system, has backed the Portuguese to help Mata make that transition into a new role and further improve him just as he did with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

"He (Mourinho) is always pushing, pushing the players to the maximum every day," said Holland."

"That's evident not just in his teams, but in the individuals he's worked with."

"If you look Jose's three-year period working with Ronaldo, he's really evolved as an individual. He's not just a talented dribbler and runner with the ball who can score goals."

"He has become a top-level match-winner who wants to run in behind, make runs, threaten the goal."

"I don't think that just happens. That comes with pushing, even if it's the best."

"On a day-to-day basis, he (Mourinho) will be pushing for signs of improvement, working to progress the individual but ultimately for the benefit of the team."

Mata will need to quickly forget about his preferred number 10 playmaker role as that is now being occupied permanently by Oscar, and concentrate on his new wide-right position, where he will be asked to track back in defence.

The Spanish player has shown in the past that he is versatile and more than capable of adapting his style, and no doubt will he succeed in doing so again.

At Real Madrid, Mourinho employed a style which relied on movement off the ball, which he was successful with, and this is what he aims to install at the Bridge.

If Mata sees his future at the Bridge, he will have to succumb to Mourinho's ways.

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