Chelsea players are behind Benitez, insists Mata

The midfielder has rejected claims that the squad are not behind the former Liverpool manager in light of the fans' vocal objections to the sacking of former boss Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has insisted that he and his fellow team-mates are all behind new interim manager Rafa Benitez.

The Spaniard was met with a chorus of boos when introduced to the Blues’ support during his first game in charge – with similar reactions endured since – with the fans protesting against the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo and Benitez’s negative remarks about the club while in charge of Liverpool.

Chelsea have failed to win any of their opening three games under the 52-year-old's stewardship - with Champions League qualification in the balance heading into the must-win game against Nordsjaelland on Wednesday – but Mata has claimed there is no unrest amongst the squad.

"We are trusting him because Rafa wants the best for the team," Mata told reporters.

"If we want to win the Club World Cup, or the Premier League or the other competitions, we have to do better.

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"Rafa is a very experienced manager and he's trying to help us. We're trying to help him."

Mata also commented on the fans’ backlash towards the appointment of Benitez, with the midfielder adding that the supporters can do whatever they want with his only focus to play well and win.

"I'm not deaf, so we were aware," he added.

"The supporters are free to do whatever they want. My job, our job, is to play well and to win. That's all I care about. I always try to be focused on what I'm doing, nothing else.

"If we want to win, if we want to lift trophies this season, we have to be all together, fight as a unit in the team."