In today’s instalment of Juan Mata‘s weekly blog, the Spaniard talks about how Manchester United’s trip to Dubai has given the squad a perfect break ahead of the beginning of the UEFA Champions League knock-out stages.
“Hi everyone!” he said.
“Today I’m writing to you from Dubai. The temperature here is fantastic, it doesn’t seem like February in this emirate! The reason for being here is that, following our game against Arsenal, since we didn’t have any fixture scheduled on the weekend, the club thought a few days of work far from Manchester would be good for us, in order to recharge our batteries with a view to the final stage of the season.
“This kind of breaks always help to make the group even stronger and to switch off a bit from the different competitions and the tight schedule. Also, it’s amazing to see how many fans the club has around the world.”
Mata also talked about his settling in period with the team and how being with the players in a foreign environment, where they can’t really escape from each other, has helped him get to know everybody more.
He said: “Personally, these days are good for me to settle even more in the team and share these moments with my team mates. And also, obviously, to train hard and get used to the new working patterns after just three weeks in the club. These are long days, with training sessions and events with sponsors; we spend a lot of time together but there is free time too, so I can discover this country and its culture.
And it’s true that the weather here is great and every day has been sunny, so some of us will look more tanned after this break, for sure… Tomorrow we fly back to Manchester to get ready for our next game in the Premiership and we hope to start a good run of results.”
As well as that, Mata insisted that although a draw away at the Emirates was a good result, United could have won the game if we had taken the opportunities we had.
Our last game was a draw at the Emirates against Arsenal. It’s not a bad result, but the truth is we had chances to win and that is what we need. That’s what we are working for, now that the end of the season is approaching. The positive thing is that the team did good in defence and we didn’t concede a goal.