Chadwell Chatter


We are in the international break - the last one before Christmas - so it is the final chance to relax and get our energy back before the busiest part of the season begins. The manager has given us a weekend off, so I hope to return to Spain for a couple of days to see my family in Seville.

We went into the break with five games unbeaten and after keeping my second clean sheet of the season at home, which was very important for me. It's my job as a goalkeeper to keep clean sheets so when I do I'm very happy. It was a shame we didn't get three points against Aston Villa, because when you keep a clean sheet you usually win.

It's very positive in our dressing room at the moment. Everybody is happy because we have had a good performance in almost every game this season. But this is football, if you don't score you don't win, even if you deserve it, which is what happened against Villa.

We are fourth in the table after eleven matches, which is fantastic. Nobody thought we would start the season so well. I've always had confidence in my teammates that we could do well and beat the big teams, but it's a very nice moment for us. We want to carry on doing well for as long as possible.

I have been working with Bobby Mimms since he arrived at the club as the new goalkeeper coach. I'm very happy with his training, he's a nice person. It's going very well and I like talking to him about the game and the positioning of the goalkeeper.

I mentioned before that I'm going back to Spain for a few days to relax with my friends and family. After the break we have a very busy Christmas schedule which is hard for everyone, but especially for foreign players who aren't used to not having a winter break.

My 89-year-old grandfather came over for the Liverpool game and he really enjoyed it, as we won! He said after the cold weather has finished he will come back, maybe towards the end of the season. He watches every West Ham game he can, back in Spain, on television.

After the international break, we go to Everton on 22 November. Every game in the Premier League is tricky, but Everton away is one of the hardest. They are a very organised and skilful team. We will need to be at our best to get a result.

I saw Lionel Messi scored at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday night, when we hosted the international between Argentina and Croatia. I have played against Messi twice when I was with Betis, and I couldn't stop him! He scored three goals against me in two games. He's an absolutely fantastic player. Sergio Aguero too is a fantastic player. The whole Argentine squad is unbelievable.

Messi is the best player I've ever played against. When I played against Cristiano Ronaldo I was able to stop him, but I couldn't stop Messi!

Have a fantastic weekend and good luck to both Spain and England in their qualifying matches for Euro 2016!