The forward of the Athletic club Raúl García explained that “had marked” the semifinal of the Spain Supercup before him Real Madrid this Thursday, after the last duel against the whites where he was expelled, and highlighted the group commitment in the Basques.
“We knew we could trust the group, against a very difficult opponent, we could get him out. The hallmarks of this club cannot be lostA new coach has come but the predisposition of the group is always very good, “he told Movistar Plus.
The Basque team advanced to the final with two goals from Raúl García in the 1-2 victory over Madrid that a month ago beat Athletic in the league, thanks in large part to playing with one more from the 13th minute for the expulsion of the protagonist this time positive at La Rosaleda.
“I was in debt with the group for a mistake, it was a match that I had indicated, that had to be up to the task, not because of the goals. I always want to help the group, it is good for me to score, but the important thing is to win, “he said.
“The image of the team has been good, we have dropped a bit in the second half, but we have to recognize who we were playing with,” he added, before ensuring that they go “without fear” to the final against him. Barça and with “clear ideas”.
Zidane: “It is not a failure”
On the white side, Zinédine Zidane assured that defeat “is not a failure” because they “tried” in the second half, in addition to regretting that his rival “had two occasions and scored two goals.”
“Our start was complicated, the first half was not good but they had two chances and scored two goals. The second half was completely different and after 20 minutes we changed because I didn’t like the drawing, we played again with Asensio on the right and Hazard on the left “, Zidane analyzed at a press conference.
“We have created many chances, sticks, we scored the goal, we returned to the game but we lacked a draw. Now we have to turn the page and continue working, we have to think about ourselves and this continues. When good streaks come we have to continue down the same path and now we don’t have to go crazy and get this done, “added the Frenchman.
“It is not a failure, failure is not trying and we have given everything on the pitch. Life is like that and we have to know that you cannot always win. We will try the next game, as always. We come from a good time streak, playing well and now in three games: two draws and one loss, but We have no choice but to continue working. Quickly change the dynamics, we cannot do otherwise. Focused on what is ours because what is outside will remain the same, “he said.
In addition, Zidane was asked about the performance of Eden Hazard, who was once again far from his best level. “Hazard has to regain confidence, play a good game, score a goal … but this will come little by little. We know the player he is and we have to be patient,” he said about the Belgian.
“He’s working, we’re with him and you have to be patient. That’s it. I don’t think (Madrid fans get tired of him), people want to see the best version of Hazard, but we’re with him and he wants to get this out. forward. Today is not only Eden, we are all, in the second half he did well, but it was not enough, “he said.