Raúl García “I’m Not Bothered By The Opinions Of Others”
Raúl García was one of the key players during Athletic’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid last weekend and is now preparing for another difficult match against Real Betis. Sunday’s game has been delayed by an hour and a half due to heat, but the midfielder told reporters that it doesn’t change anything at all for the Lions.
“The game was delayed due to the temperature. The difference will only be a degree or two so it doesn’t change anything. It will be our first game away from home, but the intension is the same. We have a game-plan that we want to perform every match and our predisposition is to always play the same way.”
García went on to say that it has taken some time for the team to adapt to Eduardo Berizzo’s style of football, but believes that the game against Real Madrid is something that Athletic should build on. As usual, the meeting was a physical encounter and the midfielder said that the opinion of others isn’t something that bothers him.
“We have a way of playing that the Mister has put in place since he arrived here. You need time to adapt to what we are doing, but a match like the one the other days helps you establish the line that you want to follow. We demand that of ourselves in every match. I don’t care about the physicality against Real Madrid. I dedicate myself to doing my job. I have to play and help my teammates. The opinion of others, will all due respect, doesn’t bother me.”
Turning the attention back to the team, García said that the fans have been happy with what they have seen from Athletic. The Lions are working hard to continue improving and want to win as many games as possible this season.
“I like that the team is doing well. The feeling that the fans have towards the team is positive and everyone has been happy with what they have seen. We work hard to try to win as much as possible. I don’t know if Muniain will be available to play, I’m not a doctor. But having everyone available is always the best thing.”
In closing, the 32-year-old was tasked whether or not Real Betis playing a Europa League match on Thursday will help Athletic on Sunday. The midfielder brushed off the question saying that professional footballers are used to playing every few days and made it clear that Real Betis is a strong opponent despite what recent meetings might suggest.
“Last year we were being asked if playing in Europe hurt us in the league and now the same question is being asked about Betis. Professional teams are prepared to compete fairly often. We are focused on the weekend game and they have another important one before then. The league has a lot of equality and every opponent is difficult. It’s more complicated to win in this league than ever before. We don’t care what the recent results have been. The past is useless. They have been reinforced with many good players and are a strong team.”
Athletic currently sit tied for 8th in the La Liga table, but still have a game in hand. If they are able to win at the Benito Villamarín on Sunday they could climb as high as third and continue their unbeaten streak to start the season. Iker Muniain’s availability is still in question at this point, but the Lions should see the return of Aritz Aduriz who has missed over a month with a hamstring injury.