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Villas-Boas' game style lost him Chelsea job, not players - Mata

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata insists it was not directly the players fault for Andre Villas-Boas' sacking.

The Portuguese tactician lost his job last weekend with plenty of speculation suggesting that it was the Blues senior players who forced him out.

But Mata believes it was simply that Villas-Boas' playing style did not suit the squad which in turn led to negative results.

"He was the manager and we all put our faith in him. He had good ideas and he wanted to change things in the club but in the end it is the results that matter. Nobody got rid of him," the Spaniard told the Evening Standard.

"He came with the idea of how he played at Porto - the pressure high up the pitch, robbing the ball and always being very close to the opponents' goal with a very offensive football.

"But in the end he has this style of football and perhaps Chelsea were used to a different style; perhaps a more physical one with a lot of chances in a small space of time; not such a fluid style but still a very attacking one.

"It was maybe imposing a style when the team were not used it."

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