Athletic Club saw their four game winning streak end on Sunday when they fell 1-0 to Alaves. It was a great opportunity to climb to fifth in the table, but their inability to finish chances has put a damper on their quest for European qualification. After the game, Iker Muniain and Kepa Arrizabalaga talked about the match and both agreed that the Lions should have gotten more from their chances.
“We knew the match was going to be very complicated. I think the defeat is very unfair because we have a lot of clear chances. It’s true that if you don’t convert, this can happen. We paid dearly for our lack of success. When you go behind like this the rest of the game they can defend and you are desperate to score. We tightened and played well, but we couldn’t even achieve the draw. The tam sacrificed and worked hard, but it wasn’t enough. Now let’s go for three points at the San Mames.”
“It was very important to win this game. In the first half we overcame their pressure well and had chances in the area. We deserved to go ahead. Then in the second half we started well, but their goal changed the game. They dropped back comfortably and forced us to come at them. We wanted three points and it was a good opportunity, but we are still sixth. The first objective is now beating Leganes then we will look to the Calderon for another three points. I have a great relationship with Gorka and I only have words of thanks for him. He has been an example of me. He has encouraged me and helped me grow. Could he play the final game as a goodbye? That isn’t my decision, I am available to the coach and he decides those things.”