Aritz Aduriz and Oscar De Marcos attended an event in Bilbao together on Wednesday and had some time to speak to the media. The Athletic striker was, of course, asked if he knew anything about Ernesto Valverde’s future to which he said that even if he knew anything it wouldn’t be his place to say.
“He hasn’t told us anything and even if he had, I wouldn’t say it either. It’s the fourth year and we are very happy to have him as our coach. The success is clear, there is no doubt.”
Aduriz went on to say that the goal is to win as many games left as possible and finish as high as they can in the table. The team is in good spirits after recent results and the striker believes that will help Athletic continue to be successful.
“Our goal is to win our remaining matches and finish as high as possible. The team is doing well in the final stretch of the season and it is great that no one is injured anymore. The day-to-day training sessions you can see the sensations of how the team is and when we are like this it usually brings a lot of good results. We are going to fight every game, no matter the result. We are going to fight a lot.”
When asked about his recent return from injury, the 36-year-old admitted that he is feeling more and more like himself. He was happy to score two goals to help the team win on Tuesday and didn’t want to make much of his cheeky penalty to open the scoring.
“Little by little I’m finding myself playing better. I still need to work on several small things to be at my best. I’m happy with my performances lately, especially scoring twice to help the team win. My penalty? The important thing is that it went in. There are a lot of ways to put the ball and they are all risky. You have to make a decision and be able to surprise the goalkeeper.”
Oscar De Marcos also spoke to the media and made it clear that Friday’s game against Villarreal will be vital for the Lions to take three points. He said that the team is in good spirits and that he hopes it will continue until the season comes to an end.
“Friday’s game is very important and very difficult because they are now a direct rival ahead of us in the table. Right now the team is good and we are on a winning streak. We have recovered our sensations away from home and the morale of the team is really high. Hopefully it will continue like this until the end of the season. There are only a few matches left, but they are all important. My injuries? I am feeling good. Myself and the team are all healthy and have continuity.”
The match against Villarreal will be huge for Athletic Club. The Lions are currently one point off the Yellow Submarine for 5th place in the table, so Friday’s game could go a long way to determining who gets that spot at the end of the year. Additionally, Athletic have yet to give up on 4th place and could make up ground on Sevilla with a win ahead of the weekend.