Mata: Not here to party

Juan Mata has commented that Spain’s ambition is solely to win the Confederations Cup, not to party.

The squad were the victims of a robbery when staying in Recife at the start of the tournament, with it alleged this week that it was the result of certain players partying into the night.

The Spanish Football Federation has denied this version of events and on from Gerard Pique’s words, teammate Mata has also looked to make clear La Roja’s ambition.

“We’ve not come to party but to play football, to represent our country and to win the tournament,” the midfielder told AS this week.

“A final at Maracana is what we all want. We’ve come to play football, to enjoy this competition and to win. We want to bring the cup back to Spain. It would be fantastic to play at Maracana and win.”

Spain head into Thursday’s semi-final at Fortaleza against Italy with all 23 members of the squad having already received playing time.

“For a Coach it is very difficult to have 23 players and so few games. It is good news that we have all been able to participate.

“It is fantastic to be in this generation. Having so many players of this level at this time is very difficult. And it is hard to play, yes.

“And the Under-21s? I was recently with them and I’m glad that Spain’s future looks to be full of success too.”

Mata cast a look at opponents Italy.

“We will have the desire to win, whilst they will have the intent to change the image that resulted from the European Championship Final. That was our best game.

“What fears do we have? I’m a big fan of Pirlo. He is the one who dictates their pace, if he is not there then it is noticeable and if he is then it is noticeable in a good way.”

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