Chelsea star Juan Mata happy with role on Spainís bench
Juan Mata insists he is not troubled by staying on Spain’s bench, although he has proven his worth at Chelsea. The Spaniard is seen as a squad player in the eyes of Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque, although the forward has had a brilliant season in the Premier League with Chelsea.
The 25-year-old winger has been voted as the player of the season by Chelsea in successive campaigns and has promised to become an asset for Spain in the future. In spite of proving himself over and over again, Juan Mata has received seldom opportunities to start for Spain.
Usually, the preference is given to attacking midfielders such as Xavi Hernandes, David Silva, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Pedro Rodriguez. As Spain prepares ahead of the Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil, Juan Mata is once again a star on Spain’s bench.
Nonetheless, Juan Mata appears to be happy with the arrangement. Having played an important role in Spain’s European and World Cup success, Juan Mata knows that he is already an asset for La Furia Roja.
“I think it is because with 'La Seleccion' there are loads of us who are important players at their clubs, but then only 11 can start and so the competition is very fierce,” Juan Mata said. “But I have already enjoyed experiencing three major tournaments and my only goal is to keep being involved.”
Juan Mata admitted it would huge morale boost to win the upcoming tournament on Brazilian soil as it would help prepare for the World Cup next year.
“It will be my first time in Brazil and we will be playing competitive matches in the Americas - which is something we have not done before,” Juan Mata added. “It will also be good to know more about the country that is hosting the World Cup. We will get to see what the stadiums are like, have a taste of the atmosphere - which I am sure will be great, and also start preparing for next year's competition.
“When you are going to play in Brazil, the Maracana always comes to mind. It would be fantastic if we could reach the final there and win it.”
Earlier this week Spain travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to land in Brazil as hot-favorites for the Confederations Cup trophy. Juan Mata admits are now used to playing under-pressure with the label of the best team.
“Spain are enjoying the greatest period in their footballing history and of course our opponents want to knock us off our perch,” Juan Mata said. “But it makes us feel proud when we experience this, that playing against us is seen as special.”