Athletic Consider that the tie is open and trust the team to win in the second leg
ANDhe Athletic leaves San Mams with the feeling of having thrown the first part of their match against Levante. The lions signed a very improvable first 45 minutes, something that they wanted to correct in the second. The both of Iigo Martinez allowed them to tie, although the rojiblanco center-back believes they created chances to win the match.
“It leaves us feeling not good in the first half and very good in the second. I think we should stay with the second, the team has shown its face and has come out to turn the game around. There have been occasions and it has been a shame because today he did not want to enter. We are going with this tie, this is very open, we are going to fight until the end. If we have something good it is that this team does not give up. Full confidence in the staff. We are going to go all out and hopefully be in another final “he explained.
Failure to take advantage of the first half made the dressing room feel responsible, which motivated them to go out for all after the break. A performance that makes them confident of getting through the tie. “In a semi-final you cannot throw a whole first half overboard. We have felt responsible and we have jumped to change all that. We were quite superior in the second half and we had chances to come back from the game. Learn so that it doesn’t happen again. That goal has given us the little push it takes to leave this match with confidence. We came out with the mentality that they can be beaten there. We have seen a great Athletic in the second half. That is what the fans ask of us, to fight to the end “he launched.
Iigo admits that the possibility of playing up to three finals in this course motivates them and states that “Many would sign to be in this situation.” “No, on the contrary, it should motivate us more. Very few times we will have this opportunity to enter a final, also having serious options. I am not saying that we are going to enter, only what options will there be. The illusion of this team to be in another final fighting for a title motivates us even more and it is very nice to be able to be competing in these matches. Many would sign to be in this situation, so what you have to do is take advantage of this opportunity “ confessed.
Now, Athletic must return to the league reality in which it needs to add three at a time to get away from relegation and get closer to Europe. A change of chip that according to ondarrutarra “does not cost”. “It doesn’t cost to change the chip. Now It’s time to rest and we’ll start looking at the next game that matters so much to us, or even more, because we have to shoot up in LaLiga if we want to reach that goal that we all set at the beginning of the season. We must demand ourselves and be up there at the end of the season fighting for those positions. There is plenty of staff, it will be a vital game. We must not let another pass, we must win and that we are going to try, although it will be difficult because the Cdiz is very good “ditch.