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Olympic gold key for Mata

21 July 2012 14:17

Juan Mata says that Spain want to win the Olympics football tournament in London to consolidate their dominance in world football.

Spain lifted the Euro 2012 crown in Poland and Ukraine, making it the third straight major international tournament triumph for Vicente del Bosque's men.

Chelsea attacker Mata came off the bench in the final to score a late goal in the 4-0 win over Italy, and is eager to add to his success in the London Games.

"We’re not just looking for a magic moment," the ex-Valencia attacker told reporters.

"We want to win gold to show there is no doubt that Spain are the best football nation in the world.

"We can cope with the pressure of being favourites. Everyone is talking about a Spain v Brazil final but our opponents are not important to me. We'll take it match by match.

"Team GB have great players and have the extra advantage of playing at home. They have a chance of winning.

"If Daniel Sturridge is fit, his attacking partnership with Craig Bellamy will trouble anyone.

"It shows just how strong the competition will be at the Games. Spain are lucky to have many players with great experience, but don’t think that Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez and me are the saviours for this team. Each player is important and no one is indispensable.

"We are a complete team and don't rely on individuals."

Spain open their Olympics campaign against Japan on July 26.

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