Athletic Club 1-3 Levante: Postgame Player Comments

Monday night’s match against Levante presented Athletic Club with another great chance to make up some points in their race for seventh place and European qualification. However, things did not go to plan as the Lions fell 3-1 to Levante who won their first game at the San Mamés since 2013. Fans were left disappointed yet again and it is safe to say that the players were in a bad mood after the final whistle as well. Oscar De Marcos and Raúl García did take time to speak to the media and here is what they had to say:

Raul Garcia

Monday’s defeat was hard to swallow for Raúl García (Image via AS)

Oscar De Marcos

“A loss like this, in your stadium and in front of your fans, really hurts. It hurts more because you always want to give joy to the fans and this team is not doing that. It’s the opposite, we are giving a lot of sadness this year. We have a lot of responsibility and we have to try to turn things around and finish the last four games as strong as possible. The stadium being empty? It hurts a lot, but it what we have to deal with. We want our fans to be happy and we would love to be able to fill the seats. We are not having a good year and each game it gets harder for the fans to come out.”

“We knew that the first goal would give us peace, but after the goal they were more comfortable with the ball and had more chances in the box. It was hard for us to win back the ball when they were attacking. We thought we were creating enough chances, but had nothing to show for it. In two plays they buried us. I don’t think there is a single player in the team that is not ambitious so we are already thinking about the derby and trying to win it. Bielsa once told us that winning a derby on the rival’s field is the most beautiful thing in football, and that’s how I feel. We have to win on Saturday.”

Raúl García

“My goal? It was meaningless, of no use. In the end it’s another game that we didn’t finish, we didn’t win, so my goal is worth nothing. With the referees you see that certain people want to be the protagonists in a match and won’t let the players play. In the end you have to swallow it and go out and play, but there are no excuses. We lost because Levante were better than us today. We have to be realistic. We are not playing at our best level and that is why we are in this situation.”

 

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