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Mata urges Spain to focus on Panama

Juan Mata insists that Spain will not take the international friendly against Panama lightly as they are determined to make a good impression.

The Chelsea star feels that his country have a certain responsibility as reigning world and European champions, and has vowed that they will do their utmost in Wednesday’s encounter.

“We have come to Panama to compete. It might not be a qualifier, but we will give it our all. We want to give a good account of ourselves and win this match,” Mata said.

“We have become a point of reference in the world of football and want to show the world what we can do.

“We will not let Panama surprise us. It’s an important game for them. We have to try and match their intensity and remain focused.

“Spain are characterised by their humble attitude and we must maintain this humility. No matter how often we win, we must keep our feet on the ground.”

Mata said he was delighted to earn a national call-up for the clash at Panama City’s Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

“On a personal level, the season is going well,” the Chelsea playmaker said. “Not being in the last squad was not good news for me. Every player feels happy when they are called up by their national team.

“The most important thing is to do well with your club. I feel happy as things are going well for me.”

Fernando Torres, Xavi Hernandez, David Silva and Xabi Alonso are among those not in the Spain squad.

Tue 13 Nov, 2012
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