Today my team-mates are packing for the trip to Athens, but I can’t go with them so I’ll stay in Manchester and support them from home… As you know, since I played the group stage with Chelsea I can’t participate in the same competition with my new team. It’s a shame because a Champions League match is always special and I keep good memories of this tournament that I was able to win just a couple of seasons ago. I have noticed that my team-mates are very excited about going through little by little. I hope we can do it.
I’ll be supporting United from here as any other fan. At Karaiskakis, the team will face a tough opponent: Olympiakos are both the leaders and the reigning champions in Greece. Mitroglou -their goal scorer- and Weiss left the club in January, but they have signed two good players such as Valdez and Hernán Pérez. Olympiakos have a Spanish flavour with several players that have been in la Liga before: Roberto, Saviola, Chori, David Fuster or Joel Campbell. And the same can be said about the staff: the manager is Míchel, whom I met in Real Madrid Castilla. I’ll bit my nails nervously watching the game on telly. I will feel the same as you.
We feel encouraged ahead of this game thanks to some good training days and a very important win at Crystal Palace. These three points gave us a lot of confidence. I think the team was solid and it was a clear victory. Me, personally, after five games with the team I feel there is more and more understanding with my team-mates on the pitch. The truth is, with a squad of such quality everything is easier.
The game was special for Rooney after his recent renewal, and he was very happy. He deserves it; he is a model player in this club and it’s a privilege to have him with us now and in the coming years.
On Sunday I watched football at home, including some Saturday games from different leagues. In Spain, Real Sociedad’s victory over Barcelona was remarkable, especially for the power shown by the local team. If they are inspired, Real Sociedad can beat anyone. I think the signing of Canales has been a good move and they played very well.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, beat Elche with a wide score. My friend Lombán and his team-mates did a good job and shown personality on the pitch, but a team such as Real Madrid only needs half a chance to score.
Atlético played at Pamplona. None of their big rivals had won there. Osasuna had managed to get one point against both Real Madrid and Barcelona, and now they beat Atlético with authority, leaving Real Madrid in the top spot of the table. The fight will go on until the final week…
I’d like to mention the contest we started in my last entry. As you know, the idea was to be creative and send an image with a number 8, my new number. And you did really well! I have had a great time having a look at your works, that’s why I have created an album on Facebook with some of them. But I have to choose only one as a winner and that is rfspt758 Kayo We will send to you my shirt with my signature this week!
Thank you very much to all of you! You are amazing, seriously.