Aduriz “I’ve Been Training With The Team All Week And I Feel Fine”
The international break couldn’t have come at a better time for Aritz Aduriz. The striker suffered a hamstring injury in the first game of the season and was ruled out for one month. However, thanks to the stoppage, he was only forced to miss one game. Speaking to the media ahead of Athletic’s weekend clash with Real Madrid, Aduriz said that he is feeling fine and ready to play.
“I’ve been training with the team all week and I feel fine. The hamstring is doing well and I’ve totally forgotten about it. The only person who has benefited from this long break is me. It has been a long time for everyone. After the preseason ends you want to be competing. It was an intense period of training since July and now what everyone wants is to play games. Berizzo? He’s a great coach and I think he will do wonderful things for Athletic Club.”
Aduriz also discussed the new look Real Madrid that Athletic will be facing. He had words of praise for new manager Julen Lopetegui, while also saying that he believes Madrid will be able to account for the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo due to having so many talented players in the team. It’s a game that the Lions have to play at some point and they will trust in their new style.
“They have changed coaches and Cristiano Ronaldo has left, but they have been lucky to hire Julen. He’s a very good coach and he’s going to do well. I’m convinced that Cristiano is one of the best players there has ever been. He’s the best scorer in the history of Madrid and there are so many other things you can say. He’s a decisive players, but Madrid have the players to overcome his absence. You have to play these teams sooner or later. We have many new concepts and I think we will respond well and show our intensity.”
Saturday’s game at the San Mamés will be the first major test for Athletic under Eduardo Berizzo. The Lions have been working hard behind closed doors this week in preparation with the manager putting a heavy emphasis on defensive security. There may be some different nuances, but Athletic will still be playing their unique and intense pressing style of football.