Eduardo Berizzo “Our Pressure And Rhythm Were Good Until The Goal”
Athletic suffered their first defeat of the season on Wednesday when the Lions fell 3-0 to Villarreal at the San Mamés. The Lions were in control of the game for the first half, but saw their visitors open up the scoring in the second half which led to even more goals. After the game Eduardo Berizzo said that he thought the Lions played well until conceding which changed the game.
“I think we played with the possession we wanted and were doing well until they scored. We had held their attackers, but after the goal the match got away from us. After that they counter-attacked with danger and we didn’t have the opportunities to get back into the game. Villarreal were not comfortable today until the goal. We didn’t know how to create chances when we had the ball, but our pressure and rhythm were good until the goal. One moment tipped the scales in their favor and the game got away from us.”
Berizzo went on to admit that Athletic found it difficult to create scoring chances which made things even more difficult. He revealed that he didn’t believe that Aritz Aduriz was ready to play in a match which is why the striker wasn’t in the squad for Wednesday’s game, but hopes that he will be able to compete in the upcoming game against Barcelona.
“It was hard for us to break down their defense or create an unexpected attack. The presence of Iñaki gives us danger because he has other qualities than Aduriz who also has his own strengths. This time we didn’t know how to find a good cross or pass. By having two attackers Iturraspe had to be more aware of the defense, but I think he handled the ball with discretion. I still didn’t think Aduriz was ready so that is why he wasn’t called up. Iago Herrerín will be ready to play again in a few weeks.”
In closing, the manager admitted that the opening goal was due to a bit of brilliance from Pablo Fornals, while also defending Unai Simón who had been caught off of his line. Berizzo also thought that the second goal came through a foul, but said that he wouldn’t make excuses for the way that his team played. He wasn’t happy with the result and wants to get back to training as soon as possible.
“Fornals scored a great goal that rarely happens. Simón is good goalkeeper just as he has been in our previous games. I though the second goal was a foul, but I’m not making any excuses. I don’t like to lose and when we do I want to train immediately. Losing is a way to learn. We will go over the game and look at what we did wrong and the things that we can improve and change.”
After the loss to Villarreal the Lions will now turn their attention to this weekend’s game against Barcelona. Athletic are facing yet another dangerous opponent but are in need of points to continue climbing the La Liga table. Luckily, Berizzo will be able to count on key players that missed Wednesday’s game with Dani García, Markel Susaeta, and Aritz Aduriz all expected to be back in the team.