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London 2012 Olympics: Chelsea’s Juan Mata in Spain’s preliminary squad

July 3, 2012

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• Jordi Alba and Javi Martínez also double up from Euro 2012
• Manchester United’s David de Gea named in 22-man squad

Juan Mata, Jordi Alba and Javi Martínez, members of Spain’s winning Euro 2012 squad, were included in thei r country’s preliminary squad for the London Olympics.

The Chelsea midfielder Mata and full-back Alba, who is set to leave Valencia for Barcelona this week, scored in Sunday’s 4-0 final victory over Italy in Kiev.

Luis Milla’s 22-man Olympic squad was named the day after Mata, Alba and the Athletic Bilbao midfielder Martínez were involved in a homecoming celebration as the team paraded the trophy through the streets of Madrid.

“I believe it would be unfair to demand that this team be at the same level as the full national team,” Milla told a news conference.

“This team has character and a similar playing philosophy but it is a different team under different pressures.”

The Olympic team will join up on Friday and will face Senegal and Mexico in friendlies before heading to London.

The squad, which will be trimmed to 18, also includes the Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, the Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu and the Barcelona trio Ma rtín Montoya, Thiago Alcãntara and Cristian Tello. Read More

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