Athletic Club completed the last training session of the week on Thursday and will now have off until Monday. Following practice, Oscar De Marcos spoke to the media and began by touching on his injury-plagued season. He said it has been so odd to suffer so many injuries but now he is just focused on playing again.
“I have just recently returned and feel that I am doing well. I am happy with my training and what I’m trying to do is work day to day to be available for the rest of the season. To have so many injuries is strange for me because I’ve been lucky all these years. I’ve missed a lot more time than I wanted, but I have recovered as quickly as I could. It wasn’t a fun time but now I don’t think about the injuries.”
De Marcos went on to say that it was great to be right back in the starting lineup. The trust that Ernesto Valverde has in him has helped him feel normal playing again.
“It gives me a lot of peace of mind to be right back playing. The coach has shown that he trusts me and that gives me confidence. That has allowed me to play more calmly and just give my best.”
The right-back was also asked about teammate Inigo Lekue, who filled in during his absence, and De Marcos was quick to praise the youngster and the competition within the squad.
“He’s done it for a long time and showed that he is very good. I’m happy for him. It’s good to have healthy competition like Lekue and Boveda who both want to play as much as I do. We have many young players contributing a lot like Yeray. It is fundamental that these young players have a big role. They make the team better.”
In closing, De Marcos said it has been good to have the international break now. The team needs to rest up before playing a very difficult month of April.
“Now we have a couple of days off to rest. The international break is good because it’s sometimes helpful to get away from football. There are a lot of matches in April so it will be a crucial month. We know that it is always hard to win the La Liga no matter who the opponent is, but our goal is Europe.”
Athletic Club will be back in action on 1 April when they travel to El Sadar to face off with Osasuna. The Lions are unbeaten in Basque Derbies this season, but Osasuna are desperate for points so this match could be quite a thriller.m