May 8, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
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Juan Mata praises "great manager" Andre Villas-Boas

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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata praises Andre Villas-Boas and insists that he deserves a warm reception from Blues fans tomorrow night.

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has declared that Andre Villas-Boas deserves a positive reception from the Blues fans when he returns with Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night.

The Blues host Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in a crucial clash in the race for Champions League places, in a match marking the Portuguese coach's first return since being sacked last February.

Mata believes that Villas-Boas worked hard to deliver for Chelsea and has credited the coach with building his confidence after moving to West London last summer.

The Spaniard told The Mirror: "I hope Andre gets a nice reception because he tried the best he could for the club, and for me personally he was the man who I came with.

"He gave me confidence, and I think he is a very great person as well. When I first came he game me confidence, he helped me to settle down and yes, I think he is a great manager, and a good person for me."

Mata has scored 19 goals for Chelsea in all competitions this season, including an important late winner against Manchester United last weekend.

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