Mata: Spain want to win Olympic gold to prove we are the best football nation in the world

The Chelsea forward has stated that La Roja are determined to win the London Games to confirm their place at the top of the game following their Euro 2012 success
Juan Mata has assured that Spain want to win the Olympics football tournament in London to show that they are the best footballing nation in the world.

La Roja’s senior side lifted the Euro 2012 crown in Poland and Ukraine earlier this summer, making it the third straight major international tournament triumph for Vicente del Bosque’s men.

The Chelsea attacker 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 at a press conference. “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,” he continued.

Mata also tasted glory in the FA Cup and Champions League in his debut season in England, and revealed that Chelsea do not mind that he is competing in the Olympics.

“I’m dreaming of a gold medal to complete my incredible first season in England. I never believed that I could win so many titles in just a few months. I am very happy," he said.

“There has been no pressure from Chelsea about playing at the Olympics.

“I spoke with them some months ago about playing at the Euros and then the Games and I don’t believe the extra effort will be a negative for the start of the Premier League season.

“It won’t be a problem. It’s going be very tense but we must challenge for the title,” the 24-year-old concluded.

Spain open their Olympics campaign against Japan on July 26.