Posted November 09, 2012 on AP on Fox
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has recalled Juan Mata for the world champion's upcoming friendly against Panama, while leaving off the forward's Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres. Barcelona back Martin Montoya and Athletic Bilbao back Markel Susaeta were also recalled to the 19-man squad. Spain plays Panama at Rommel Fernandez Stadium on Wednesday, its first match since seeing its qualifying record of 24 straight wins broken by its 1-1 draw with France. Del Bosque also left off regular members Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Alvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina.

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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata believes both he and the club are reaching new heights under Roberto Di Matteo. While the Blues, who face Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, won the Champions League last season, their brand of football was far from universally admired. That has changed this season, though, with former Valencia man Mata at the heart of their new dynamic style...

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