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A bad start but there is still a long way to go

18 Aug 2014

Hi everyone,

I confess that I was looking forward to writing this first entry of the season. It’s been a couple of years since I started my blog, soon after my arrival in the UK.

This is my meeting place with you every week and it has become a tradition. And I was so eager to get started because the preseason has been really exciting. The US tour has produced two very positive weeks, both in terms of results and performance.

But obviously, those good feelings were to be transferred to the first official game. That’s what we wanted, yet we didn’t do it. We couldn’t manage to show what we had been working on in previous days. Swansea had a very solid game and things got tough for us after their first goal. We tied the game and had chances to score again but we didn’t take them, and later on we conceded a second goal and lost the match.

It was a big disappointment, that’s the truth. We were hoping to make a good Premiership debut in Old Trafford, but it is also true that this is just the beginning. We need to set a regular pace and learn from our mistakes.

The champion last season was the team that, of the top four, was leading the table less days in the last two weeks. In order to get to our goals, the goals this club and our supporters deserve, we know we have to be better than we were on Saturday. Anything you want to achieve, you need to put a lot of effort in it and that is what we are going to do. Learning from a bad result will make the team grow and move forward in this new stage.

The first European final of the season has already been played. Congratulations to Real Madrid for winning the Super Cup, and to Sevilla for their attitude and fighting spirit. Tomorrow I will keep an eye on the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atlético. Here in England Arsenal beat Manchester City in the Community Shield.

Throughout the season, as we usually do, we will use this space to share tips and recommendations about everything so I can have a good time writing this blog and you reading it 🙂

Before I say goodbye I want to thank you all for the support you have given to me through social networks, my website and in person in every place I have been to since we closed the last season against Southampton.

Thank you, and I hope you have had, or are having, a nice summer. I look forward to the next game, to try to get the first points of the season and start a good streak.

Welcome back. Hug!

Juan Mata

Juan

PS: I would like to congratulate the Spanish athletes in the European Championship. They deserve a lot of credit for their six medals, plus the 22 finalists.