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Juan Mata doesn't know if he's improved under Mourinho

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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata might be back in Jose Mourinho's good books, but he is unaware of any improvement he's made this season, following the Portuguese manager's return to west London, reports the Daily Star.

The Spain international found himself out of favour during the early part of the 2013/14 campaign, but has forced his way back into first-team reckoning, following impressive performances against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, and Steaua Bucharest last night.

Mata changed the game at White Hart Lane on Saturday after he was introduced as a second-half substitute, laying on the equalising goal scored by John Terry, and found the net himself in Tuesday's emphatic 4-0 victory in the Champions League.

Asked if he had improved since being sidelined by Mourinho, the Chelsea star admitted after the game in Romania that he was oblivious to any obvious advancement with his individual game.

"To be honest I don't know; I have felt the same," said Mata. "I just try to improve every season. I have just kept going.

"I have trained well and been getting ready for every game. That's it.

"I really enjoyed playing - it is important for us to play with the ball. I was happy with the way I played."

The 25-year-old is clearly doing something right though, after the former Valencia star earned more praise from Mourinho during his post-match press conference.

"He played very good with the ball, as he always does. And he played very good without the ball, as he never did," reflected the Chelsea boss.

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