A great way to celebrate my 200 games in the Premier League

Hi everyone,

It’s been another great week to close a very positive month of September for the team, with one draw and six consecutive wins. This stat clearly shows the good work we are doing at the beginning of this season. The challenge now is to maintain this level for months, to try to get enough consistency to achieve big goals. The team feels confident and we are showing that on the pitch.

Last Saturday we defeated Crystal Palace and I was able to score my first goal of the season, after several games with a few shots against the woodwork. I scored just three minutes into the game in a big play by Marcus, who sent the ball back and I managed to put it beyond the goalkeeper’s reach at first touch. Scoring goals has always been an important aspect of my game, although I’m not a striker, and I hope to help the team again this season with as many goals as I can. That 1-0 came pretty soon and it helped us a lot. After a long trip back from Moscow, without much time to recover, the team showed its ambition from the very first minute. The three points keep us on top of the table with City. It was my 200th game in the Premier League, I’m very proud of reaching these figures and I hope to increase them. I still need to play a few more games to catch Barry…

Juan Mata goal Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace by

Winning in Moscow was also very important. Two victories after two weeks give us a lot of confidence. The game was more complicated that the score shows, but the team went for it at all times. It’s not easy to win in that stadium and it means a big boost for us because the next game will be in Lisbon against Benfica, a tough visit.

But that will be in two and a half weeks. Now there is an international break, after that we will have plenty of time to think about the exciting October ahead of us.

In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid won so the gap between them doesn’t change. Valencia’s good start continues and I’m really happy for that!

I’d like to send a hug to my colleagues Iker Muniain and Dani Carvajal. It seems both of them will be away from the pitch for some time, for different reasons. A big encouragement for them, because I know it’s tough not being able to do what you love so much.

Talking about colleagues, last Friday we welcomed Giorgio Chiellini to the Common Goal team. He’s a fantastic person and he can contribute a lot to our project; he will help us to spread it around Italy and everywhere in the world. I can confirm to you that we will be announcing another signing in the next few days 🙂 Thank you from the heart for all your comments and for being so interested about the project. We are many people who believe in the power of football to improve the society, and we are convinced that we are taking firm steps towards that goal.

Have a nice week. Hugs,

Juan Mata


PS: I don’t want to forget about the Lille fans who got injured when they were celebrating a goal. All my support to them!

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