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Spain boss explains Juan Mata’s omission from squad

Chelsea's Juan Mata. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire Chelsea's Juan Mata. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
8:11 AM

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has admitted that he found it impossible to find a place in his squad for Chelsea star Juan Mata.

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The playmaker has been omitted from their World Cup qualifiers against Spain and France but with the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas also available it would be hard for Mata to play.

“We have a problem with quantity, not quality,” Del Bosque said. “It pains me to leave out some of those who haven’t been called up, because there are others who could have been here.

“He wasn’t in the previous list because we agreed with Chelsea that he had to have a break which he didn’t have in the summer. But we haven’t any space to bring him in this time.”

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