Mata: A privilege to play at Maracana

Juan Mata has claimed it is a 'privilege' to play at the Maracana ahead of Spain's Confederations Cup clash with Tahiti.

La Roja face the Pacific islanders in Rio on Thursday knowing that a win would see them into the semi-finals of the competition.

But the Chelsea midfielder has insisted that his side will not take the three points for granted.

“It is one of those stadiums that you've been hearing about all your life,” he told a Press conference.

“It will be a privilege to play there, and if we got to the final there, it will be even better.

“Tahiti may have let in a lot of goals in the last game, but they try to play football the right way, so we'll see how the game turns out.

“We go into the match with respect for the opponent. Whoever plays will give their best.

“We cannot control how the opponent plays – we just have to concentrate on ourselves and our own game.”

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