Iker Muniain “You Have To Do Everything Right To Get Something Positive Against Real Madrid”
Iker Muniain has grown a lot since making his first team debut as a 16 year old. Now, at 25, he’s one of the leaders at Athletic Club and is dedicated to helping the team reach success. On Wednesday he spoke to the media ahead of Athletic’s weekend match against Real Madrid and said that he’s focused on constantly improving his game and that he wants to be better than last season.
“As the years go by I’m acquiring many important things, like experience and maturity. I’m at a point in my career where I feel very good and at ease and want to continue growing personally and with the team. I always think it could be my year. With a new season I want to be better than the previous one with things like goals and assists. They give me more strength and reasons to keep fighting to improve. I have suffered two major injuries that made me lose time, but they have also given me more hunger.”
Even with Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for Juventus, Muniain says that Athletic won’t be facing anything new with Real Madrid. They still have some of the best players in the world and are one of the toughest teams to beat every year. To take points off of Madrid, Muniain says that the Lions will have to play a perfect game.
“We aren’t facing anything new, Madrid are one of the toughest opponents to beat. You have to do everything right to get something positive from the game. We are optimistic and even more so playing at home in front of our fans. Everything is there to have a great night of football. Even without Cristiano Ronaldo they are still one of the most dangerous opponents. They have decisive players, especially in the midfield. We will go into the game with all our energy to try to get three points. I hope that Iñigo [Martinez] is able to play. He looked good in training today. We need him and he can help us a lot on Saturday.”
In closing, Muniain was once again asked about his contract situation with his current deal set to expire next summer. The 25-year-old admitted that there is no news at this point, but hinted that a deal could be close. He and the club want the same thing and there is belief that a renewal is just around the corner.
“When players leave the fans are left hurt. It hurts the pride of the fans when a player leaves and the fans need joy. I am happy here. At the moment there is no news to give on my renewal, but there may be news shortly so we must wait and see what happens. Right now there is nothing completed, but the club and I have the same intentions. When there is something I will update you.”
When Athletic Club take the field on Saturday they will be getting a boost with the return of Aritz Aduriz who has missed nearly one month with a hamstring injury. At the same time, Iñigo Martinez could be making his season debut after missing the entire preseason with a calf issue, but his status is still unknown at this point. Playing at the San Mamés will give Athletic a strong advantage and the players are already aware of just how difficult this game will be.