They chanted for him to come off the bench in the recent defeat by Basel.
Mata said: “The other day at Stamford Bridge I got emotional when I went to warm up and all the stands were cheering me.
“That’s what I try to keep in my mind. I like to do great things for them.
“In the dressing room, you have team-mates and you have friends. But all of them were speaking to me saying, ‘Be patient, be calm, we know how good you are’. I feel loved by my team-mates and by the supporters. I will always be grateful for that.”
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