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ONE HOUR BEHIND

Always in our memory

When you have a painful defeat like the one we had by mid-week in London, against Tottenham, all you want is for the next game to start as soon as possible. We needed to show the character of the team and to react in front of our fans in order to go back to the winning path. And so we did.

A complete week

With January coming to an end we can say that we’re keeping the same level and the smile that we had when 2018 started: five wins in five games and no goals conceded yet. Obviously we are happy, aware that we are entering the decisive spell of the season.

Three freezing points at Burnley

Sundays are more relaxed after a win. On Saturday, at Turf Moor, we got three very valuable points against a team that has the ideas very clear about how to exploit the skills of their players.

Special day, match day

Today is a special day. There’s a game to play and it takes place at Old Trafford. We don’t use to play on Mondays so I’d like to tell you what we do on a match day… Well, not all the match days are the same. First of all, this one is at home, our great stadium, and in the evening. That allows us sometimes to sleep in our homes and meet up in the morning, when we will be absolutely focused on the game.

A break to gain momentum

Today I’m writing to you after packing my bag for Dubai, where we will spend a few different days of training. We’re taking a short break after the intense Christmas period and it’s going to be good for the team. We have played nine games in December and two more at the beginning of 2018, and now we have a whole week with no fixtures on schedule, just until next Monday. It’s kind of weird, after a long time with games every three or four days, and it comes in good timing for the whole team to spend time together and work in that area of the world with such a good climate, especially in a month like January.

Happy 2018 to all

First of all, Happy New Year! I think this is the first time that I post this on a 1st of January. I remember doing it on the last day of the year but not the first one. I wish you all a fantastic year and a lot of happiness. I’m writing this from our pre-game hotel, where we are spending New Year’s Eve in a different way.