Mata credits mid-season break with Chelsea form

Juan Mata has thanked Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo for allowing him to take a break from football earlier this season, and claimed that is the reason why he has hit a patch of good form in his last few games, according to the Daily Mirror.

Mata spent a busy summer on international duty with Spain following Chelsea’s victory in the Champions League late in May. Mata was part of the national team squad at Euro 2012, where Spain successfully retained the European Championship, then returned to London to compete in the Olympic Games as an overage player.

Reporting back at Chelsea in August, the newspaper claims Di Matteo saw tiredness in the midfielder and vowed to afford him some time off once the season was underway. Spain duly left Mata out of the squad for the most recent international break and the former Valencia player took two weeks off.

He said: “It was a nice break for me. I appreciated the decision as well. We had a talk before the start of the season because, with the Euros and the Olympics, it was a hard summer for me.

Mata added that he may not even be feeling the full benefit of the rest period yet, with January and February the months he expects to profit.

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