Welcome to One Hour Behind. I’m going to tell you about my life in London, in Chelsea FC, and how I keep updated with la Liga from here. I would like to share with you my point of view about football from the country where football was invented, my comments about one of the strongest competitions nowadays. It’s fantastic to be on the inside and I hope that my experiences will bring you a new perspective of this sport.
Since I came to London things have been great for me. In my first year we won both the FA Cup and the Champions League. Unforgettable! Perhaps the best season in the club’s history. Then it came a very special summer… First the Euro Cup, when we managed to get a historic win. Then, the Olympic Games, an unforgettable experience despite the outcome was not what we expected. Lastly, I took a break once the new season had started that will certainly pay off in the last few months of the season, such is the number of trophies to fight for.
This summer we got very good signings, all of them very young. Hazard, Oscar, Marin, Moses and Azpilicueta will strengthen the team now and for the coming years. It’s a pleasure to play with them; besides, they have fit in very quickly… Guys like David Luiz, with his jokes and his music, make things easier!
We have had a good start in the Premier League and, after six games, we keep on top of the table with no defeats so far… Yet we suffered in certain matches, as the one against Stoke at the Bridge or this last weekend at the Emirates. I wish we can keep this position until the end!
I’ve been reminded that last week has had a Spanish accent, as both Fernando and me scored twice and Oriol made his first appearance this season the day after he became 21, in the Capital One against Wolves. Also, Azpilicueta made his debut as a blue in an official match! I’m happy that he came. One more Spaniard in the group. It’s good fun to talk about football with them. Here in the UK we enjoy la Liga too. There is a good mix of supporters in the group: Fernando and his Atlético Madrid, Oriol and Barcelona, Doctor Paco Biosca and Lleida, and Iván, physiotherapist, with Celta. Now we got Azpi with Osasuna, who beat Levante this past week. I’m not sure yet which team does Eva, the doctor, support… We all like our country! We use to meet at somebody’s house to watch Spanish football and have some nice vacuum-packed Spanish food. That is how we feel closer to our home… since usually the matches we watch are broadcasted in English.
There was a great match in the Sánchez Pizjuán this weekend. The first half was very intense thanks to Sevilla’s fast breaks. After Negredo’s superb goal it looked as Barcelona wouldn’t be able to keep their winning streak. But in football things can change completely in a few minutes, and so it happened. I got very happy for ‘el Guaje’ Villa. He is phenomenal and he deserves everything good that happens to him.
I only managed to watch extensive highlights of Valencia’s victory. Little by little Pellegrino’s project is settling down, after a tough start against teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. I’m sure things will go well. The club and the fans deserve it. I like Viera, he’s so talented!
And after six weeks we are already facing a Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid. It’s still very early but I think a Barcelona win would open an important gap between the two teams. On the other hand, with a Real Madrid win, things would get closer. I believe that the end of the season will be a very close race between the two though. Let’s see whether there is any other team to battle with them for the title. The show would be even better…
Well, before that there is an exciting week in the Champions League. We fly to Denmark to play against Fc Nordsjaelland. After our draw against Juve, I hope we can get the three points.
At the end of the week we will play against Norwich City at the Bridge, aiming to keep our first place. Norwich brings me good memories since it was my debut with Chelsea last year, also scoring a goal!
See you next week, hopefully after two more victories…