At the end of my last entry I told you I was packing before flying to Panama. Being there was a very nice, recommendable experience. We were treated really well since the moment we arrived, and we played a great match and won. Also, we were able to visit the famous Panama Canal, one of the biggest and most important ones in the world. It was amazing to travel part of the Canal on board of a vessel, and to get to know part of its history and its advantages in terms of international shipping and communications: a transit through the Canal takes around 8 hours, much less than the three days needed if we choose other routes.
We stayed in Panama until Wednesday. On Thursday, after a long flight back, I landed in London looking forward to the match against WBA. They were very efficient and we weren’t able to take our chances; as a consequence of that, we lost. We knew it would be tough. They’re having a great start of the season, as they showed. It was a pity, but we have to keep working hard. This is a long season and we want to be fighting for the title at the end of it.
In football time flies, even more when you are involved in so many competitions. Now it’s time to stand up and focus on the next match. A big one: Champions League against Juventus. We’re flying today and it is our hope that we will play a good match against a great team who will try to be at their best in front of their crowd. Talking about Juventus, I do like Pirlo (one of the best midfielders in the last few years) and Giovinco (great movement, great quality).
Back to last Saturday, I was able to follow some of the matches in la Liga. The fight between Barcelona (with Messi again as the leader of the team) and Real Madrid (spectacular Benzema) continues. Real beat Athletic Bilbao, a team that can’t compare yet with the one that got so much admiration in Europe last season. There’s a lot of talk here about the match between Manchester City and Real Madrid. I think it will be even more exciting than the one they played at Bernabéu a few weeks ago. And Man City will feel confident after beating Aston Villa 5-0.
Valencia has also a Champions League match. They got an important victory against Espanyol after Soldado’s late goal from the penalty spot. A boost to their confidence ahead of the match in Europe. Mestalla is tough for visiting teams.
On Sunday, Sevilla and Betis had their derby, always exciting. Lots of goals: Sevilla won 5-1 and dominated since the beginning. Reyes played very good: his left foot is still top class.
There was also time to follow Fernando Alonso’s race. I keep thinking that he can win the championship! Not easy though: Vettel is not making any mistakes… Good luck to Fernando in the last race in Brazil!
As usual, before saying good bye I would like to give you my recommendations about London. This week it’s the South area, Wimbledon in particular. I had the chance to visit Wimbledon Village and the famous All England Tennis Club, and it was really worthy. A quiet area full of parks and terraces, very nice (especially when it’s sunny)
Lastly, talking about literature, I would like to recommend you the poem “If”, by the great poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling, one of my favourites. Read it if you have a minute.
See you next Monday! Hug!
PS: As you can imagine, all the support received by Real Oviedo in the last few weeks makes me feel very proud and happy. Things calm down, at least in the short term, and the club keeps alive. That’s the way it has to be with such a huge support from fans all around the world. Thanks to all of you!