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Going from big game to big game

22 Oct 2018

Hi everyone,

I am writing today with the memory of playing at Stamford Bridge still fresh in my mind, but also with the feeling that there isn’t long left until Juventus pay us a visit in the Champions League.

Saturday’s game in London was undoubtedly special. I will never stop being thankful for the care that I am shown by Chelsea fans whenever I play at their ground. It is something that is truly amazing, it makes me feel happy, proud and grateful. What happened on the pitch was exciting, too, but in the end we were left with a bad taste in our mouths because we could almost reach out and touch the three points. Fighting back against Chelsea at their place deserves a lot of credit, especially as they have been consistently strong this season, and the team showed character to do so. We managed to turn the scoreline around and were just seconds away from taking three points. They would have been important, but I want to keep talking about the positives: the competitive spirit and personality of the team, as well as the support of our fans that made the trip down to London. As always, they were 10/10. It was a special day for me on a personal level, an exciting game and it ended with a result that isn’t so bad to take in a difficult stadium.

As I’ve already mentioned, tomorrow we have another huge game. There is a lot of expectation heading into our clash with Juventus, and we hope to match that with a good performance. They are a massive opponent and it is a hopefully a great chance to experience another magical night at Old Trafford.

Five days later, Everton also pay our ground a visit, as the fixture list gives us no respite. It will be another important match, the last of October. This time, Everton don’t have Rooney, but they have players that I have a really good relationship with like Morgan Schneiderlin. I want to take the chance to congratulate Wayne for how well he is playing in the MLS, class and quality truly know no age. He has been a key man in helping his team qualify for the play-offs, so I wish him the best of luck and hope he will keep entertaining us all.

Away from football, I want to congratulate Marc Marquez for his seventh MotoGP world title. He is a true legend in a sport which, as you’re all aware, is followed closely in my country.

Hugs, and I hope you all have a good week,

Juan Mata

Juan