Mata: AVB has player backing

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Juan Mata insists that Andre Villas-Boas has the complete faith of the Chelsea players, despite a recent run of poor form.

Prior to Saturday's victory over Wolves, the Blues had lost four of their previous seven encounters both domestically and on the continent.

A midweek defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen led to many question the suitability of of Villas-Boas for the top job at Stamford Bridge.

But Mata, who scored in the weekend's 3-0 win, says the Portuguese manager has the full backing of his squad, despite recent reports to the contrary.

"It's never easy to have such negative results, but we all have a lot of faith in ourselves as a team," said Mata.

"We have a lot of faith in our coach and in the quality of the squad.

"We had a team meeting last week simply to reiterate that we are all together and that we are heading in the same direction and we showed that against Wolves.

"The group has always been very united, and we have always been sure that the secret in enjoying more success as we go forward, in getting out of this moment, has been to stay strong and stay together."

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