Mata out to please Mourinho


Mata has excelled for the Blues in the past two seasons, but Mourinho, who returned to the club in June, prefers Brazil international Oscar as his number 10.

The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss says Mata must improve his defensive work-rate, with the player seemingly willing to oblige.

"I will play wherever he demands," Mata told the Sun. "I am young and can still improve. I want to do the same as I did in the last two seasons.

"My dad always said if you are left-footed improve with your right.

"I have to improve defensively, too. Every single player has to. To be the perfect player is very difficult but I have tried throughout my career to improve a lot."

TheĀ  25-year-old added: "I think Jose can help me. Every manager can try to improve their players. It's his job to bring the best out of his players.

"Last season was the best in my career, but I could still have done better.

"Jose's a manager who analyses everything, not just in our team. He's a manager who likes intensity, who likes pressure. We have eight months to go to the World Cup and I believe in myself more than ever."

Mourinho praised Mata's efforts in the recent Capital One Cup win over Swindon.