To tell the truth, it’s not easy to write here this week… I’ve just got home (I’ve already found a house in Manchester) after a really frustrating draw.
Honestly, I think football is being cruel with us. We did everything to get the three points, but in the end this is about goals and Fulham scored in the last minute… It seems impossible if you look at the stats, but we couldn’t win and it would have been a very important victory. It hurts even more because in the second half we managed to come back after Fulham’s early goal, and the game seemed to be under control with Carrick’s goal. But when the score is so tight you may suffer at the very end, as it happened this time.
It was the same a week ago against Stoke City, with two players injured and one goal after a deflection. It seems that luck is not on our side, but you know that I don’t like to give excuses. We have to get better and improve our shooting accuracy, because we got many times to the box and could have scored more than two goals. I’m sure we will make it, but there are less and less games to play so the sooner the better... There is something we can always count on: the team’s passion and sacrifice. We did fight until the end, and that’s what I felt on the pitch, but once again we can’t give excuses. The way to carry on is to stick together, the team and the fans, learn from mistakes and be positive, and we will show the character this team has always had.
Despite this draw, I don’t want to forget the minute’s silence at Old Trafford, which was touching. It’s very impressive to see how the club remembers the victims of that terrible accident in Munich, and it says a lot about the club’s respect for the legends of the past. The way this club has overcome the difficulties since then is an example to all of us.
The week at the training ground was really good. I know my team mates better and I feel a great atmosphere in the dressing room. I hope we can show that next Wednesday against Arsenal. It’s a very tough game, but I have good memories from my last visit to the Emirates a few months ago and I hope I can enjoy a good game as well.
It’s not easy to win regularly. Atlético’s defeat in Almería is a good example. Sometimes things don’t come up the way you expect and winning becomes very difficult. The fight in la Liga is now very tight with three teams with the same points. Barcelona came from one goal down to win 1-4 in Sevilla, always a difficult task, whereas Real Madrid beat a combative Villarreal, 4-2 at Bernabéu.
I keep being amazed for Bayern Munich: 45 games unbeaten in the Bundesliga; that’s the best example of consistency that I can remember. It’s something remarkable. It says that they are working well in the last few years, as they showed by reaching the last two Champions League finals.
Before saying good bye I want to send a big hug to my friend Oriol Romeu. I’m sure you will be fit again in less than a month, my friend. Overcoming the adversity is easier with a good attitude. Even more if you get a lot of support, same as I feel from you guys on the social networks. You are strong and you will be back soon, Ori.
Writing to you today is really complicated as I’m still frustrated after the match, but I want you to know that we will give everything until the end of the season, because that’s what you deserve.
Thank you so much for your messages of support. I feel I’m facing a new challenge in my career and I look forward to keep improving and to learn from every situation. The results may be better or worse but I’m going to give everything I have to help the team in every game, trying to enjoy football as I’ve always done, in the good and the bad moments.
A million thanks. Have a nice week.
PS: I want to send all my support to those affected by the severe storms in Spain, many of them in the North of the country, and in particular to my people in Asturias.