It's only a Mata of time! Torres will rediscover goalscoring touch, claims Chelsea playmaker
12:21 GMT, 13 March 2012
Juan Mata has backed Fernando Torres to end his barren run of form for both club and country.
The 50million striker has scored just five times in 50 appearances for Chelsea, and is without a goal in five months.
Out of touch: Torres hasn't scored for five months
Torres has lost his place in the Spain side with manager Vincente del Bosque warning the striker could miss out on this summer's European Championships.
But Mata is confident his compatriot will soon rediscover his goalscoring touch.
'Fernando still has time. He has lived through a lot of good and bad,' said Mata.
'He is working extremely hard in training. You can't forget so soon his 80 goals in Liverpool. He'll be a very important player for Chelsea and for Spain.
Jumping for joy: Mata claims Torres will rediscover his touch
'People talk about the fact that Fernando has not scored but he is constantly creating space. I've scored goals thanks to him. He has given me a lot of assists. There have been other games when the keeper has made a fantastic save or he has hit the bar.'
Mata also claimed it was a clash of styles which saw Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal, and not a player revolt.
The Spain star added: '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.
'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.'