A NEW COUNTRY, A NEW CHALLENGE

Mata

Finally I’m in Japan. Football has given me the opportunity (as it has done so many times before) to know a country and a culture I’ve always felt attracted to (I’ll tell you why later on).

I feel lucky to write to you from my hotel room, with the city of Yokohama behind the window, and to look at its nightlife full of lights and skyscrapers… I was looking forward to be here. But the reason for such a long trip to the country of “sun’s origin” is competing and trying to become champions of the Club World Cup.

What a challenge… There are a lot of great players that never had the chance to play this tournament. Now, thanks to our title in the last Champions League, we will have that opportunity this week. And we don’t want to miss it; you never know when you will be playing this again! Now it’s time to rest and get used to the time difference…

After such a long trip that followed last Saturday’s match, we do have to rest and recover as soon as possible. It was a great victory at the Stadium of Light: 1-3 against a spirited Sunderland. We were focused and took the lead thanks to Fernando’s double. I’m very happy for him, he had a fantastic week and I’m sure there are more to come this season…

Read the rest of Juan’s blog here.

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