Juan Mata: Japan game vital

Spain’s Juan Mata believes a good start is vital in Thursday’s first game of the London Olympics against Japan.

The Chelsea midfielder feels the Japanese will respond to the emotion of the occasion in Glasgow and prove a very difficult team to beat.

“Japan are very intense, very dynamic and well-organised, so it will be a difficult first game because mentally it is also vital,” Mata told the Spanish Football Federation.

The former Valencia player says he cannot wait until the tournament gets underway as the players have been getting ready for it for some time.

“We have positive feelings and have been preparing in Glasgow for several days, so we really want to enjoy it.

“We have a group of young people who are committed to the team and have a lot of experience in La Primera.

“There are also a lot of options with players who can play out wide and others inside, but I think it is attractive football and that is the best way to win.”

After the Japan clash Luis Milla’s men will immediately head to London where they will take part in Friday’s opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.


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