'Chelsea have to start again after Villas-Boas sacking' - Mata

The Spanish international believes that the Blues are still capable of winning some silverware this season, despite facing an uphill battle in all three remaining competitions

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata believes that the west London side “have to start again" following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas in order to salvage their season.

The Portuguese manager was shown the door with just nine months at Stamford Bridge under his belt after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against West Brom.

With former assistant Roberto Di Matteo being promoted into the 34-year-old’s position, Mata now believes that it is time for a fresh beginning in an attempt to kick-start the Blues’ campaign.

Speaking to Chelsea TV on Monday, Mata said: "I think we have to start again, we are not in a good moment.

"We are not in a good run of results but we all want to change it. I think we are ready to change."

Mata is 15/2 with Bet365 to score the first goal when Chelsea take on Birmingham City on Tuesday.

The Blues face a testing end to their season with an FA Cup replay against Birmingham followed by a battle to claim a top-four spot in the Premier League and an uphill struggle against Napoli in the Champions League, in which they trail 3-1 from the first leg.

Nonetheless, the Spain international is convinced that, despite their problematic situation after a run of just three wins in 12 league matches and the sacking of Villas-Boas, the Blues still have the quality to end the campaign on a high.

"We have a very good squad and we have two months to achieve our objectives in the Premier League, in the FA Cup and Champions League," Mata declared.