Mata: Good preparation

Juan Mata has reflected on Spain’s 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, believing that it was valuable work ahead of the Confederations Cup.

The Chelsea playmaker came off the bench to score late on at the Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday night, to ensure La Roja won their final warm-up game ahead of heading out to Brazil.

“In the end we were able to win, it was another tough game against a team that plays at the back,” reflected Mata to reporters afterwards.

“The important thing is that there have been no injuries and we have prepared well for the competition.

“You know the difference between playing in a friendly and in a competition. We will play faster when in the Confederations Cup, this is our preparation.

“There is a lot of competition for places, we have three very strong forwards but in the end the important thing is the team, they have always managed a lot of gaols.

“The goalkeepers? We know the level that Iker, Pepe and Victor have. We have a great squad.”

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