Athletic Club striker, Aritz Aduriz, is ready to be back playing regular minutes. After missing quite some time away with hamstring problems, the 36-year-old will be back in the starting XI against Real Madrid on Saturday. Leading up to the game he spoke with reporters from El Desmarque Bizkaia and remarked that he feels perfect and that the Lions will have to be perfect to get a win against the Whites.
“I’m totally recuperated from my hamstring problems. Physically, I feel perfect. To win against Real Madrid you have to play a perfect, complete game. We have been strong at home and we are up for the challenge. We have to have the maximum intensity and concentration for the entire game. Real Madrid is capable of dominating games, so we have to play our best. This game against Real Madrid is one of the games we hope most to win this season.”
Aduriz went on to discuss his ability to continue playing at the age of 36, and defended teammate Inaki Williams who has received some negative attention this season for his lack of goals.
“To me, the key is that I still enjoy every time I go out to train. I love to compete. Inaki? It is hard to remember where I was at his age. He has already played 100 games for the first team and has scored a lot more goals than I did at that age. In the end, this is a position that you have to take the time to secure yourself in. Inaki will be extremely important for the club moving forward. What happens in football is we want things to move too fast and we have no patience at all. He is a player with incredible ability and can still improve so much. He is young but he will be important. The debates going on about a lack of goals are stupid, I’ve seen what he can do like at the Anoeta. We don’t pay attention to those external debates.”
In closing, Aduriz discussed manager Ernesto Valverde and was quick to say that he hopes Txingurri remains in charge of Athletic Club next season.
“Valverde future is for him to decide and I don’t know if he will leave or stay home. We have had a great time with him and I hope he stays with us for more time.”
Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams are both likely to start against Real Madrid on Saturday. A win would see the Lions take one step closer in their pursuits of a top-6 finish in this year’s table.