Athletic Club put in a strong performance on Saturday when they defeated Osasuna at El Sadar. The three points, coupled with other results from the weekend, now see the Lions just one points off of Villarreal for 6th place in the La Liga table. Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams were the goal scorers for Athletic, with Oscar De Marcos giving both assists. Following the match, all three spoke to the media to give their thoughts on the game. Their post-game comments are below:
“The truth is that I have not played well despite my goal. I tried to get in positions to score, but they limited me. This wasn’t our best game, but we got the result we needed. My injuries? The problems are gone and now I want to finish the last nine games as best I can. Athletic is going to finish the season strong and we will show our best face. I’m happy to reach 100 goals. I’m very proud and grateful to my teammates because I couldn’t have done this without them. It is very encouraging to be listed with the historical names of this great club.”
“Right now I am doing well and I’m in a very good moment. I’m playing with a lot of confidence and I just want to try to help the team. These three points are important and we want to continue adding in these final games. We played a good game, it was complete with several chances. Not everything went as expected but we got the result we wanted. We must keep playing our best to get into Europe. We are adding points regularly and that is what is important. Away from home we were struggling and now we are very happy with our form.”
Oscar De Marcos
“My first assist? Inaki deserves more merit than I do. It was a great move from him to start the attack. Osasuna played with a backline of five players and we had to suffer to break through. I like to push forward and I have a gazelle (Inaki) running with me so we can eat up a lot of space quickly. I have been comfortable playing in defense and I have time on the ball. Inaki and I work together too. Things came to me and I just tried to do my best and that gives you confidence. This was a good opportunity for us and we need to keep adding points. We chained two wins together on the road and now we get ready for Espanyol with good feelings.”
Athletic will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Espanyol at the San Mames. The Lions could move all the way up to 5th in the table if they get favorable results from Real Sociedad and Villarreal. With only 9 games remaining, the Lions are right on the cusp of qualifying for European play once again. The entire team is healthy and available to Ernesto Valverde, so it is going to be an exciting finish to the season.