Mata calls for greater unity

by Michelle Fortune , 04 December 2012

Juan Mata insists the Chelsea players are aware of how angry the club supporters are but he has urged them to get behind the team and the manager as they attempt to turn around their form.

The Blues are on a run of six games without a win and they go into Wednesday's Champions League tie knowing that victory over FC Nordsjaelland may not be enough to prevent their elimination from the competition.

Supporters were left fuming following the decision to sack Roberto di Matteo in the aftermath of the loss to Juventus last month and their anger grew when Rafael Benitez was named interim manager.

Benitez has yet to win the supporters over and the atmosphere at recent matches has not escaped the players' attention.

"I'm aware. We were aware. But I think it's not my responsibility, I must say. The supporters are free do whatever they want by my job, our job, is to play well and win," Mata told reporters.

While the Spain international accepts that fans have a right to vent their frustration, he believes the only way the club can move forward is if everyone works together.

"I think when you are a player, you have to be just focused on what is going on on the pitch. I'm just talking about myself. I just try to be focused on what I'm doing. I think, if we want to win, if we want to lift trophies, we have to be all together. We can fight as a unit, as a team," he added,

"As a player, I just have to work with the manager we have now. Now it's Rafa. We are working hard with him, working to help him. As I said, to win things, we have to be as a unit, all the supporters, all the team, as one.

"We are players who want to win. After that, we are represent a big club and have to provide performances the club deserves, and the supporters because they are with us in good and bad moments and I think it's not an individual achievement when we win something."

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