May 6, 2013

Painting Old Trafford Blue- through the eyes of the goalscorer

Juan Mata is perhaps the true no 10 of Chelsea. He has had such an impact on the team since joining in 2011 that he is hardly seen off the pitch (even with the number of games Chelsea has played this season...) He still manages to keep a personal blog updated (Link to Mata's blog). This time, rather than writing something on my own, I thought I should just repost one of his blogs for an insight into his thoughts.

It’s not easy to win at Old Trafford. Even though Manchester United celebrated the Premier League title a few days ago it’s very complicated to bring the three points from there, yet we did it. They are a very competitive side, never give up and fight until the end, but we showed that, with hard work and concentration, we can win each of the remaining games and succeed in our goal: to finish third and participate in the next Champions League.

Perhaps the match was not very intense in terms of pace, but since the very first minute we tried to show that it was a final for us; there were chances for both teams, some inaccurate passing, but then came minute 86 with that play started by Ramires and a great pass from Oscar that I was able to finish with that goal to almost clinch the three points. From that moment it was very important to keep the result in order to climb back to the third position, where we want to stay. When the match finished I was very happy for that goal, for the victory and for the Blues fans that had travelled to Manchester (including my parents, my sister and some friends) and were supportive throughout the entire game.

Looking ahead, we are aware that there’s still job to do. This coming Wednesday, for example, against Tottenham. Another final. It will be nice to meet André at Stamford Bridge. Obviously, it’s a vital game for both teams and we will have to watch one of the best players in the world: Gareth Bale. He is in an amazing shape and proves to be a decisive player for Spurs almost every week. I take this opportunity to congratulate him for all his recent awards. So it’s going to be tough, but with the support of the Bridge I think we can make it and seal our place in next season’s Champions League. 

Talking about European competitions the week has been really good, since last Thursday we got to the Europa League final after beating Basel 3-1. It is true that the score in the first leg was very good for us, but they pushed and took the lead before half time. We managed to come back later to certify our presence in Amsterdam

Two European finals in two consecutive seasons, that’s not easy to achieve. We want to win it and keep making history. It would be a fantastic way to finish the season :-)


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