We want to be in Wembley

Hi everyone,

It’s not easy to write today, only a few hours after a tough defeat, a defeat that hurts and leaves a particularly bitter taste. Conceding three goals in just seven minutes is tough to take for everyone, especially when you feel that you were doing a few good things before that moment. I think it’s fair to say that during the fist half the game was even. We had a good start and they pushed in the last few minutes before the break. However, the first goal was very painful for us and the opponent took advantage of it.

I think it’s good to play the next game as soon as possible, on Wednesday, because it allows the team to move on from White Hart Lane and focus completely on the match against West Ham. It’s actually one of the most important games of the season and we can’t afford to feel sad or upset when preparing for it. On the contrary, we must be aware that in Boleyn Ground we have a fantastic opportunity to make it to Wembley and give our fans what they deserve: a reason for joy this season.

And then we will be back to Old Trafford to play against Aston Villa in one of the last home games of the season, but right now the FA Cup quarter finals replay is all we think about.

Meanwhile in Spain, la Liga is getting interesting after Barcelona’s defeat in San Sebastián and Atlético and Real Madrid wins against Espanyol and Eibar respectively. It’s the key moment of the season and Barcelona is having more problems to win their games. That, together with the effort that the Champions League requires, is making the fight for the title very close.

Aside from football, I’d like to tell you about a very special short film I’m lucky to take part in: ‘El mundo de Mao’. It’s been first released in Madrid and this coming Friday is the world premiere in the 14th Human Rights Film Festival of San Sebastián. It tells the story of Mao, one of the many kids in Uganda whose childhood was snatched during the war conflict. As I always say, we have to use the great power of sports to make the world a better place, or at least to try to help those who are struggling in their lives.

Have a nice week, let’s forget those seven minutes as soon as possible and think that there are still games to play and try to finish the season in the best possible way. Let’s carry on. Hugs,

Juan Mata


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