Yeray “The Coach Has Brought New Ideas That We All Like”
At just 23 years old Yeray is already a leader for Athletic Club. The defender has gone through a lot since making his first team debut and is now ready to take the next step in his career as one of the key players for manager Eduardo Berizzo. On Thursday he took the time to address the media and was quick to point out that training sessions have been demanding this summer and that he wants to continue earning his place in the starting lineup.
“This preseason the training has been hard at Lezama and also in Germany but I managed to be in the starting eleven and I want to continue that. We are still trying to find our rhythm but the goal is to win every game, play every weekend, and fight to finish as high as possible in the league table. The coach has brought new ideas that we all like. He wants us to press and be the ones who control the game. We try to do that on the field.”
As expected, Yeray was asked about the ongoing contract situation of Alex Remiro but the defender refused to discuss the topic. He was also asked about the recent agreement reached by La Liga to play matches in the United States which he also did not want to talk about. Right now the defender said that the team is focused on Monday’s match against Huesca.
“That is a matter of the player and the club. They have to fix it and the situation doesn’t concern the rest of us. What has to be will be. I had no idea that there had been a meeting. It is a situation for the President and I won’t discuss it. Playing games in the United States? I had no idea about that. We are focused on the game Monday and that is what has our attention.”
Yeray then turned his attention to the 2-1 win over Leganés that kicked off Athletic’s La Liga season. He recognized that the team showed good and bad things and that there is still room for improvement. The defender also highlighted the performance of Peru Nolaskoain who made his first team debut alongside Yeray in the back line.
“The season has just started. We saw some good things and some not so good things. In the first half we came out a little hurried and we made some mistakes which our opponents took advantage of. In the second half we were calmer. Peru was good and had a better debut than I did. We help each other and having players come up and add competition is a very good thing. Little by little we will continue to improve and try to do everything the coach wants from us.”
In closing, Yeray looked ahead to the upcoming match against newly promoted Huesca who began their season with a thrilling 2-1 win over Eibar. With this being their first ever season in the top flight they will be coming to the San Mamés with a desire to win, but Yeray wants to see his side control the game and take all three points.
“Huesca want to stay in the Primera just like everyone else who wants to continue in this league. For a newly promoted club playing at the San Mamés is motivation. They will come here with desire. On Monday we have to work fast to control the ball and create chances so that we can take all three points.”
Monday’s match gives Athletic the opportunity to earn six points from the opening two games but it won’t be easy. The Lions will still be without Iago Herrerín and Alex Remiro, meaning Unai Simón is expected to start in goal once again. At the same time Aritz Aduriz has been ruled out with a hamstring injury so someone will need to take his place in attack. Berizzo will still be able to start a strong lineup against Huesca, but the Lions will have to be at their best to earn a victory.