All of a sudden it’s Christmas. We are four games away from the end of the year and it is our belief that we can win all of them. The truth is this month, with so many games to play, days fly. But let’s go step by step. We’ve just closed a week with two home wins (we keep our good streak at the Bridge) and this coming Tuesday we will visit Sunderland in the Capital One Cup.
We already won there a month ago; it was not easy (3-4). Despite their position at the Premiership table, Sunderland is a team with players that can change a game such as Altidore or Johnson. Winning there for the second time is going to be tough again.
But first, this Monday, Champions League’s draw for the last 16. In the club we are excited about this round. Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiakos and Zenit are very competitive and have great players. We play against Galatasaray, we have Drogba at the Bridge again. He’s been one of the most important players in Chelsea’s history and someone I was lucky to play with, the season when we won the Champions League.
— Juan Mata García (@juanmata10) diciembre 16, 2013
Later on, in the Premier League, we will face Arsenal on Monday after our main rivals have played. It is a very special game. Actually, every London derby is special, but this one even more due to the position of both teams at the table. City’s victory over Arsenal confirms that the fight for the title this season is specially open. We do want to be in that fight and we want to prove it next Monday, although I know my colleague Cazorla doesn’t think the same way
In Spain the fight for title is also very demanding. Barcelona beat Villarreal, a side that showed in the Camp Nou why they are doing so well this year. Real Madrid, meanwhile, struggled as usual in a stadium that is tough for every team: El Sadar. Aside from controversies about the referee’s decisions, it is remarkable to get one point when you are 2-0 down with ten men in that stadium. As regards to Atlético, once again they showed how focused they are on this Liga with a good win against Valencia, who was competitive for one hour. I would also like to highlight two other good games this weekend: Real Sociedad-Betis and Sevilla-Athletic. Real Sociedad left behind their elimination in the Champions League with a 5-1 win. They put pressure on Athletic, who got one point in the Sánchez Pizjuán which is always a difficult task.
Last week I also had the opportunity to answer to some of your questions in a video chat organised by WhoSay. It was interesting to share this experience with two great sportsmen such as Mo Farah and Michael Carrick. If you missed it, you can have a look here:
And very soon, on the 20th, there will be more Q&As during a special event to take place at Stamford Bridge, following the club’s reaching 20 million fans on Facebook. Keep an eye to the official profiles and you will find out how to send your questions to César, Fernando and me. It’s going to be fun
Lastly, let me tell you that on these dates, with so many games, travels and training sessions, I haven’t had much time to switch off and get to know new places in London, so if you have any suggestions you know what to do…
That’s all. Just let me tell you once again how important your support is to me.
Big hug and have a nice week.