Today, as I did last season before playing Manchester United in the FA Cup, I’m writing to you right before a game, not after, which is weird, but I hope the end of the story is going to be the same now. Then, we beat the ‘red devils’ 1-0 with a superb goal from Demba Ba, so it would be fantastic to get the same score, this time as visitors, in the Emirates. Tonight we have an exciting match against the ‘gunners’ in our fight for the top spot of the table, even more since Liverpool, City and Everton have won their games and gone past us (momentarily I hope).
Personally I like playing in a stadium such as Arsenal’s, with a large pitch in perfect conditions and a side in front of you that plays great football but also letting you play, so the games against them use to be box to box and very exciting, with many goals. The most recent memory is from the Capital One Cup: we won 0-2 and I was able to score.
That day I enjoyed myself a lot on the pitch. Unfortunately, losing at Sunderland kicked us out of a competition that I haven’t won yet… I hope there is a great London derby tonight, a big show for the fans, and that we can get those three points that are so important.
After the game there will be no time for celebration or sorrow, since we have to play Swansea in just a few days (on Boxing Day, always in a special atmosphere) and Liverpool by the end of the week. This is Christmas in the Premier. Same as every year, my family is here to spend these special dates with me… My little cousins love to stroll around London and see the lights and the Christmas decoration; let’s see who can make them go back to school when this is finished
Now on international football, I would like to congratulate Bayern Munich for winning the Club’s World Cup. It’s a very nice tournament that I was lucky to play a year ago, although the outcome was not the same. They are a great team and, indeed, one of my favourites to win the Champions League again.
In la Liga, this was the last week before the Christmas break, leaving Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid tied at the top (after their respective comebacks), with Real Madrid five points behind. The gap with the rest of the teams is big so the title will be a matter of those three sides. Things look more equal at the bottom with several teams fighting to leave the relegation zone, although we are yet to reach the equator of the competition and there is still a lot to play.
Before saying goodbye I want to wish you happy holidays. Merry Christmas! Wherever you are I want you to know that I get all your affection and somehow this blog is a way to thank you for that.
Big hug! Enjoy these days!
PS: Here I send all my support to those who have to spend these days in hospitals, and to their relatives. And my admiration for the staff that look after them. A few days ago we visited the kids in the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, as we do every year, and making them smile is very nice; it’s priceless. A big hug to all of them! Cheer up!