De Marcos: Excuses Are For Cowards
It is a well known fact that this season hasn’t gone as expected for Athletic Club. Everyone thought the Lions would once again compete for a top seven finish in the La Liga table, but they currently find themselves 10 points off that mark with only eight games remaining. Because of this there has been a lot of talk about hiring a new manager in the summer and brining in a few new players. Oscar De Marcos recently spoke to the media and said that the players are focused on their goals, but that they ar aware of what is being said.
“It is logical to talk about all that. Solutions must be sought and changes are always prioritized when things like this happen. There are talks of new players and a new coach. We know what he media has been saying. We are focused on our objective and trying to play at the level that fans expect from us. We all expect to play in the eight games that remain. We are professionals. Personally, I’m doing well physically and I have no pain. I am comfortable on the field. It is true that we have had bad luck with injuries this season but will not give excuses. Excuses are for cowards. We had a squad to compete at a high level, although long-term injuries did influence things, but that is no excuse.”
The right-back went on to admit that it has been an inconsistent season in which Athletic have not been able to string together good performances. He said that they will have to win all four of their remaining games at home to have a chance at seventh place, and also highlighted the return of Iker Muniain.
“It has been a very irregular season and we have not had three consecutive games with good performances and a style of play that has been defined. We blame ourselves. If we want to reach our goal of seventh place then we have to win all four games at home and score a lot of goals. If we can’t do that then it is practically impossible. Having Iker [Muniain] back is good. He has always been very ambitious and he has come back in an incredible way. He is a different player, we don’t have other players like him.”
Athletic Club will be back in action on Monday when they will travel to take on Villarreal at Estadio Cerámica. Most fans seem to be already looking ahead to the summer and the changes that will likely be made, but the players are refusing to give up. With eight games left on the schedule, the team is ready to fight for every possible point and won’t surrender as long as they have a mathematical chance of finishing seventh in the table. Monday’s game, and every other match from this point, is a final.