Ex Chelsea star Juan Mata, who joined Manchester United last year, wrote a touching blog entry following the game against his old club at the weekend. Posted on his personal site One Hour Behind, Mata explained his pride at dominating much of the game against such a tough opponent who, he thinks, are on course to win the league. Here's a snippet of the blog, which is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of Chelsea and Man Utd fans alike...
Today, as the title above says, I feel proud. I’m going to tell you why, but as you can imagine this has been a special weekend for me.
When we were leaving Stamford Bridge, to catch the train and go back to Manchester, I had mixed feelings. I was angry about the defeat, I was thrilled after seeing some old friends, but especially I was proud. Mainly for two reasons that I’m going to explain now… I felt proud of the game the team had played, keeping the ball possession, controlling the game and creating chances to score, and all this at Stamford Bridge against the leader… As our manager said after the game, we were loyal to our football idea, and despite the score didn’t show that, if we keep playing like this there will be many more wins than defeats, I’m pretty sure of that. Besides, the team showed personality by playing that way against such a tough opponent, who gave no space in their half of the pitch and defended with so many players. Obviously, we also made some mistakes we have to learn from in the future. But overall that was my feeling about the game we had played: pride.
The other reason, as you can imagine, is about the reception I was given from the Chelsea fans. It was really moving to feel the people’s respect and affection, and I will always be grateful for that… To them and also to the players. I thank them for such affection and I congratulate them for the title they are about to win, because it’s almost done… It was nice to meet them and chat with them after the game, and also the club’s staff, doctors, physios, etc., and feel their respect and friendship. Thanks to all and congratulations.
To continue reading on Mata's blog, click here