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Juan Mata confident of best season yet

Juan Mata has been Chelsea's Player of the Year two season in a row. (©GettyImages)
Juan Mata has been Chelsea's Player of the Year two season in a row. (©GettyImages).

Juan Mata has insisted that he can go on to have his best season yet, despite not being an immediate starter for Jose Mourinho.

He may be two seasons in, but the midfielder still isn't manager Jose Mourinho's player of choice this season.

The Portuguese manager and self proclaimed 'Special One' walked out of his Champions League press conference after complaining that journalists were only asking questions about "the guys who are not selected".

He said: "This is fantastic because nobody is asking me about Mata.

"You are for three weeks speaking about Mata, and now you are speaking about Kevin de Bruyne."

Mourinho was angered by questions surrounding those of the squad that were not selected to play, rather than those who have been.

But Mata has remained upbeat about the situation and, speaking to www.chelseafc.com, he said: "I just keep going, train well and prepare for every game.

"I just have to do my best in training and in games. It's important to play with the ball and without the ball, but I'm very happy and looking forward to playing a lot of games throughout the season.

"I'm not the kind of man that gets down. I always believe in myself and train really hard.

"This is my way to behave, to be positive as much as I can."

The Spanish midfielder has won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League, as well as being handed the prestigious Chelsea 'player of the year' title in his first two seasons at Stamford Bridge.

But it appears the Spanish maestro is still willing to learn and take instructions from his manager.

"I have to do this (to adapt to Mourinho's instructions)," said Mata.

"I try to do my best in every game and I think I'm doing that."

Mata, who played a crucial role in the Chelsea's 4-0 success on Tuesday night over Steaua Bucharest in the Group E playoffs of the Champions League, remains hopeful for the Blues next big match.

"We have two games in a row against Schalke and we will try to win all six points.

"It's going to be difficult. They are top of the group right now, but if we do it we will be in a good position to qualify.

"We have qualification in our hands. We needed to make up for the last game and we did that. Now the story continues and we have to keep winning game after game and finish top."

After a sluggish start to the season for Chelsea in comparison to previous years, the recent result will have come as a relief for both the team and Mourinho, who was yesterday quoted as having said "we can't lose".

Mata is confident that Chelsea have more to give this season.

He said, "I'm sure the best is still to come from the team."

Chelsea target a third away win of the season against Norwich on Sunday in the Barclays Premier League.

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