Juan explains emotional celebration

Sunday 23 May 2021 19:46

Juan Mata says his winner at Wolves, and every goal he scores from now own, will be dedicated to his late mother, Marta Garcia, who very sadly passed away recently.

Our no.8 responded to his penalty strike at Molineux by pointing to the sky and blowing a kiss, and he talked afterwards about the obvious emotion behind the goal.
Mata: I wanted to score for my mother Video

Mata: I wanted to score for my mother

“Every goal I score from now on is going to be for her,” says Juan, paying tribute to his late mother…

"I have had the most difficult season in my life, for sure. I wanted to score for my mother and, thankfully, I did it," he explained. 

"So this goal, and every goal that I score from now on, is going to be for her."
Mata had a lengthy wait before he could take aim from the spot when VAR intervened and suggested referee Mike Dean check the pitchside monitor after Donny van de Beek was felled by Romain Saiss. And Juan had a message for our regular penalty-taker, his good friend Bruno Fernandes.

"They took a long time to check it," he said. "On the pitch, I felt it was a penalty, but they took their time.

"It's never easy when you have to wait, but, fortunately, it was a good pen. The goalkeeper went to the other side... Bruno [had] better watch out now! [Smiles]"