Hi everyone. This time I’m writing to you with that smile on your face that is the result of the two wins and the good atmosphere within the team.
Those two victories were very different but both of them very valuable, and they make us feel optimistic for what’s coming next, which is intense and exciting. Defeating Crystal Palace in the extra time after going 2-0 down has been, for me, one of the moments of the season, with the team showing its ambition, character and personality. A win in these circumstances is always a boost of morale, and it definitely helped us in the second game… None other than Liverpool, that game that is so special, the derby.
Déjà vu... oh wait. 😌🙈😬🔴 pic.twitter.com/mvwfLqSCV2— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) March 10, 2018
And after a week with two big games, what can we say about the next one. First against Sevilla, on Tuesday, when we also need the support from Old Trafford to get the win and make it to the next round. For the club and for everybody it’s important to move forward in the Champions League and to feel that we are up there, alongside the best teams. I’m sure Sevilla feel the same way, and they already showed in the first leg that they have players and football to make things difficult for us. They’ve been performing very well in Europe for many years and they are very competitive. I hope the Red Devil family can enjoy a great night.
Four days later we will face Brighton, again at home but this time the goal will be to be in the FA Cup semi-finals. Despite their defeat last Saturday, they got quite a few wins in February and they are in a good position to stay in the Premier League, so I’m sure they will fight hard to make it to the next round.
In Italy, the tributes to Davide Astori were really moving, especially the people at the Artemio Franchi giving and standing ovation to their captain during Fiorentina’s game. It’s so sad to lose a sportsman like that, in the best moment of his career and with so much life to live.