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The former Liverpool star heads into Saturday's clash with Newcastle on the back of two goalscoring and match-winning performances against Schalke and Manchester City

Fernando Torres' Chelsea renaissance is the result of unwavering self-belief and hard work, according to team-mate Juan Mata.

Torres heads into Saturday's clash with Newcastle on the back of two match-winning performances against Schalke and Manchester City, and in the best form of his troubled spell at Stamford Bridge.

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Mata says he is happier for his countryman than anyone and insists the former Liverpool man deserves all the praise his recent displays have garnered.

“I’m probably more happy for Fernando than he is himself,” Mata told the Daily Mirror. “I know him very well, know that he went through some hard moments at this club.

“I was always very close to him because I was believing in him. He was believing in himself, too.

“He has a very strong, focused mind, always clear about his way forward. He deserves it. He’s trained very hard, very professionally and now he is scoring it has brought the confidence back.”

Mata also paid tribute to the support of the Chelsea fans, revealing the affection has helped him during his struggles to break into Jose Mourinho's starting XI this season.

“It makes me feel proud,’’ said Mata. “And I’m really grateful about that. Since I came here everything has gone really well for me and they’ve been behind me, always. And they still are, now.

“That feeling, the way everyone has responded to me, is amazing, in so many ways, too - on social media, when I’m walking in the street, around the stadium, they all show their love for me.

"It makes me feel stronger, because of them.’’

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