Alavés 3-1 Athletic Club: Postgame Player Comments

Saturday’s Basque Derby was yet another game that saw Athletic Club dominate, but walk away empty handed. The Lions created several chances, enjoyed the bulk of possession, but saw Alavés earn a 3-1 victory at the Mendizorrotza. The disappointment after the final whistle was palpable. Iker Muniain and Oscar De Marcos took the time to speak to the media and both felt as though the final result was not a fair one. In the end, they want to put the game behind them and focus on winning the last game of the season  in front of their own fans. Here is what they had to say:

Oscar De Marcos

De Marcos says this season just hasn’t gone Athletic’s way (EDB)

Iker Muniain

“It’s a tough defeat because, even if there isn’t anything left to play for, losing is never good, especially in a Derby. Generally speaking, we played well. We dominated in the first half and we were quite good, but their first goal was bad luck. I don’t think the defeat was a fair result. We were able to control the game, but just couldn’t score our chances. When you play like this but end up losing you walk away with a feeling of helplessness. They put themselves ahead and it was difficult to go against the current. When things get ugly, it has to pull out your pride and courage and that is something positive. Hopefully next week we can say goodbye to the season with a victory in front of our fans.”

Oscar De Marcos

“This year, maybe everything is going against us. Today is a clear example that things are just not going in our favor. The Mendizorrotza is a brutal atmosphere for any professional to play in. In the first half we wanted to dominate and we had many chances to score, but it didn’t happen. It’s been a hard season. Their first goal was an accident, they made the most of their chances. We have to turn to the next game and try to finish the season in a positive way.”

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