Six ‘finals’ left for Chelsea and Málaga!
Hey everybody, nice to be back with you again!
So, where do I start? It’s been a tough couple weeks for us, as we travelled to face local rivals Sevilla FC who, like us, have been battling it out near the bottom of the table. They took the lead just before half-time but then, right after the interval, we got the chance to level the game! We couldn’t take it, however, and Sevilla struck again quickly on the break, before running out convincing 5-0 winners.
It was a really painful way to lose, we just didn’t play the way we know we can, but I have to say that afterwards it felt like a turning point: we needed to draw strength from it and say “this can’t happen again!” And I have to say, the team’s attitude in the next match against Levante UD – who are a top team and third in the league – was drastically different. We worked hard, followed our game plan and, though we went down to a 1-0 defeat, with a bit more luck in front of goal we could easily have grabbed a draw.
As a newly-promoted team, we’ve really noticed the difference in quality between the second division and the Liga Iberdrola, but we’re going to give it everything in the six ‘finals’ we’ve got left – starting with Madrid CFF away this Sunday and Fundación Albacete at home next week!
Rewinding back to my last post and my start at FC Barcelona, in the summer of 2013, and one of the first difficulties I had was speaking Catalan! I’ve been in Spain most of my life and speak Spanish like a local, though suddenly having to try another language was a big test! My Barça team-mates were very helpful and I started picking it up bit by bit, but I also had to get used to the physical challenge of joining such a big club.
This was a team that was used to winning Ligas, lifting Copas and playing in the Champions League, so I knew it’d be a step up – but to find myself doing TRIPLE fitness sessions every day was a shock to the system at first! Fortunately I love training hard, so I really threw myself into it to try and match the fitness levels of my team-mates. Then came a pre-season tour abroad, before getting back to Barcelona – ready to tackle the opening game of the 2013/14 campaign.
Join me next time for the latest on Málaga’s survival race and to hear more about my first season as a Barça player!
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