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Fighting until the end

3 Nov 2014

Hi everyone,

Today I’m writing to you from home after a defeat that is not easy to take. A derby is always special and the one in Manchester is really intense, you can feel it in the streets during the week. That’s why it’s hard to accept that we have lost and, despite not being able to help my team-mates on the pitch, I can tell you that the whole team is very upset.

Playing away against City is always challenging because they have a big offensive potential, as it was shown, but having one player sent off in the first half just makes things more complicated. This is the fifth time this season that one of us gets a red card, so unfortunately we already know what it means to have one player less. But even if Agüero scored and we were just 10, our team showed pride and almost tied the game, although this time it was not possible. To be honest, right now, rather than looking at the table we have to focus on our path in order to improve and to win games.

Obviously this situation is not what we wanted, but in this moment the team must stick together and keep on going. I’m sure we will do it.

On Saturday I watched several games of la Liga. Real Madrid won scoring a lot of goals again, whereas Barcelona suffered a defeat at Camp Nou that was unexpected. We have to give a lot of credit to Celta, a team that may become the big surprise of the championship. They already played nice games last season and now they are doing things very good with Berizzo. Meanwhile, both Atlético and Valencia won against two tough rivals. My former club is enjoying a great start, people are getting really excited with the team and that is something you notice on the pitch. I’m very happy about it.

Also on Saturday I kept an eye on the biggest game in the Bundesliga in the last few years: Bayern-Dortmund. Despite being at the bottom side of the table, Borussia were close to win it thanks to a goal from Reus, a player I like a lot. However, Lewandowski and Robben made the comeback possible at the very end. I like watching German football, the games use to be very entertaining and exciting.

I’m leaving you now, but before that I would like to congratulate my friend David de Gea for his award as the best player of United in October. I’ve been lucky to get that trophy in the past and I really value it because it is given by the fans through their votes.

Our situation is not nice, I can tell you, but I’m fully confident that we will change it against Crystal Palace.

Thank you for reading this blog and for your continuous support. Have a great week,

Juan Mata

Juan