Juan Mata has praised team-mate Fernando Torres after helping him through a bad patch - and said he can rely on all of his colleagues to help him in his worst moments, according to the London Evening Standard.
Mata, named Chelsea's Player of the Year for the last two seasons, as well as being named in the PFA Team of the Year last time round, has struggled to break into the first team under Jose Mourinho's regime.
Torres, on the other hand, has enjoyed something of a mini-revival with goals in his last two games against Schalke and Manchester City.
The midfielder spoke highly of the friendship between himself and his compatriot as well as the general harmony at Chelsea, saying: “We have a very good relationship. Apart from Fernando being a star footballer or one of the biggest strikers in the world, I like the relationship we have as friends, as man-to-man.
“More than any advice, what you need when you are going through a bad moment is to feel that you have your people around you.
“That’s what I feel with all my team-mates, including Fernando. I feel that they like me. I feel that they are with me."
Mata also backed Torres following the striker's recent return to form and told sent out a message to keep enjoying his football.
“He’s had difficult moments since he came, but now he looks like he’s happy.
"He deserves it. I hope he scores more, he plays more and continues to enjoy himself on the pitch. I see him enjoying his football again and that’s important. He can bring a lot of good things for the club and the national team over the next year.”
The Blues creator also spoke of the necessity for the team to continue their brilliant October form into November, which has not been a happy month for Chelsea in recent seasons.
“In November in previous years it was a dark month for us and I don’t know why,” the Spain international continued.
“If we are to fight for the title, then we have to be more consistent than we have been in the last few seasons.
“November and December for me are the main months if you want to win the title because it’s a period full of games.
"You have to be ready to play every three or four days and if you’re strong enough to get in a good position come January and February, then you will challenge for the championship."
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