The season is over, and so are plenty of emotions, games, trips, stays in hotels, joys and disappointments. A very long season has come to an end, but in the best possible way. It has been a fantastic week; so great that I’ll never forget it. So many emotions in a few days, and luckily, all of them very good: the trip to Amsterdam, the final, the victory with goals from Fernando and Iva, celebrations in the stadium, the club’s gala dinner, the first anniversary of our Champions League title, a victory to seal our third place in the Premier League, farewell of the team on the pitch…
Good feelings. That’s how this week ends and how the next one, the most decisive one of the season, starts. This football year is about to expire and perhaps the best moment is yet to come, as it happened last year. In the next seven days we may conquer a new European title and officially get the ticket to play the next Champions League.
I’ve just said goodbye to a very special week for me. In fact, this is my first post being 25 years old. Time flies! I couldn’t have thought about a better way to celebrate it than a victory and the company of my family and friends… and so it was! We managed to beat a competitive Swansea (2-0), a team with some friends of mine like Pablo and Michu.
When the match was about to expire, and those minutes of added time were over, we dropped two points. It’s the most painful way to concede a goal: with no time left to react. The match finished right after that goal. Being so close and not winning is really disappointing after more than 96 minutes of good work by the team, and I say “more” because Liverpool’s second goal came in those extra seconds.
The return to Wembley was not as we expected. As I said in previous posts, coming back to this stadium and enjoying its incredible atmosphere is always a pleasure for me. It was a perfect day to do so: second semifinal of the FA Cup, almost 90,000 spectators and a really nice temperature in London. Our first half wasn’t good, we struggled to find our pace and we were 1-0 down at half time. Yet in the second half, after receiving the second goal, the team fought with pride for the victory until the final whistle.
Things have been perfect since my last post: three games at Stamford Bridge and three victories. Each of them in a different competition, and all very important to reach our goals in this busy April. The first one was last Monday against Manchester United, allowing us to go to Wembley again for the FA Cup semifinals, thanks to a superb volley from Demba Ba in the second half. And also thanks to the confidence that brings Peter in our goal!
Hello my friends, this time I’m writing to you on the last day of a not very pleasant week for me. Let me explain: although things were good at the beginning, enjoying Paris and getting a very important victory at Stade de France, to climb back to the top of our World Cup qualifying group, it was right there, in Paris, where I contracted a virus that kept me in bed the whole weekend.
Paris, France’s capital, the ‘city of love’, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées… And for us, at least this week, the city where we play for three key points in our way to the World Cup.
A few weeks ago, as I told you, I spent a few days in this wonderful metropolis of arts and culture; now, I’m on a very different kind of trip. I’m writing to you from my hotel’s room, the same hotel we were at a few years ago when we played a friendly match against the ‘bleus’. I keep good memories of that victory and I hope we can win again this time.
The match is even more important after the draw against Finland in Gijón last Friday. My stay in Asturias ended with a bittersweet taste in my mouth because of that goal they scored in the last few minutes of the game. It was really nice to go home and enjoy the company of my family and friends, at least for a few hours, but it would have been much better if we had won the three points. It’s crazy we didn’t win that game: we tried everything until the final whistle, we kept the ball possession almost all the time, but sometimes football is like that. Now we have to focus on Tuesday’s match. It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure.
The French team, managed by Deschamps, won their last match and has found their own style game after game. [...]
It’s been a great week this time, with our fans enjoying two important victories in the last two games. First of all, perhaps the most exciting one was on Thursday, against Steaua Bucuresti in the Europa League.
As you know, we were 1-0 down after the first leg, but what a comeback! It was a thrilling match: they scored right before half time and we needed to get two more goals after the break in order to get through, and so we did. We won 3-1 and now we are in the quarter final after a magical night at the Bridge (I hope there are some more left).
The draw said we will face Rubin Kazan. The Russian team is a strong one: in Spain, both Atlético and Levante were eliminated by them. We are hopeful about winning this trophy that the club has never won.
The second victory of the week was on Sunday, in our derby against West Ham. Still in our minds was the tough defeat in Upton Park, and we knew it would be a difficult game. That’s why we started at full speed since the very first minute. We played a good game, creating chances and finally getting three points to climb up to the third position in the Premier League, after Tottenham’s defeat. It was really important to start the international break with a good feeling
Probably the best moment of the match was Frank Lampard’s header, his 200 goal as a Blue! It’s amazing! Congratulations to him, here it is my respect and admiration for a team mate that is a living [...]