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Mata behind Chelsea's Benitez - 'He's a great manager'

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata insists all the players love interim boss Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard looks certain to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer but his fellow countryman hopes there is a good job out there for him after helping the Blues reach the semi-finals of the Europa League and oushing for a top-three finish in the Premier League.

"Rafa is a manager who has had great seasons in every club that he has worked," said Mata ahead of the second leg in London following Chelsea's 2-1 win in Basel last week.

"Since he came he just tried to do his best for the team. For me and for the players he's a great manager. We're now at the end of the season trying to be in third position, which is our aim, and having the chance to win a trophy.

"Maybe the season will be good at the end and good for Rafa, as well."

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