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. France is a squad with great players, like Lloris, the goalkeeper; Varane, present and future; the quality of Valbuena and Ribery; Benzema’s class; Giroud’s instinct… to name a few. It’s a dangerous team and a tough rival in our fight to be on top of the group.
But I remain confident in our team; it’s a pleasure to be a part of it.
Aside of football, since we spent last week in Asturias, I recommend you to go there as soon as you can. Those of you who live there know why From places like Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés, to any hidden village in the Picos de Europa, you will enjoy its food and its nature, with thousands of little corners where you can get lost. I’m sure once you leave you will be looking forward to come back… You will like it!
One more week, I keep saying it, thanks for your support! Ahead of us are the most important challenges of the season!
PS: Good luck to all my Chelsea team mates in their international games! It will be nice to see the ‘canarinha’ and Russia playing in our home, the Bridge.