Juan Mata opens up on ritual he enjoys before every game
Juan Mata opens up on ritual he enjoys before every game
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Juan Mata opens up on ritual he enjoys before every game

Manchester United winger Juan Mata has opened up on his ritual of calling his mother before every match.

In an extract from his new autobiography, Juan Mata: Suddenly A Footballer', the former Chelsea star documents how he calls his mother on the way to the stadium before every match. 

He says the mother is always worried about his physical well-being and has to ensure he talks to her every time. 

“My mother has always been more worried about my physical wellbeing during a match than the result. That’s why, even now, I always call her when I’m on the coach on the way to the stadium. Always.

“It’s a ritual that we both enjoy, and which is also an extra source of motivation for me. Be careful. Enjoy, shoot . . . and try not to get hurt,” are always her words,"

"Heaven knows how she would cope if I were, say, a freeskier. But for all that she gets rather nervous during games, she still doesn’t miss a single one. She’s even gone so far as to send me text messages during a game,"

“She’s fully aware of the fact that, obviously, I can’t see it, so I imagine that she does it as a kind of release mechanism for her worry and sometimes frustration," 

Mata has won numerous title with both the national team and his time at Chelsea and Manchester United, including European titles. 

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