Mikel Balenziaga “If We Do Things The Right Way We Will Take All Three Points”
Athletic Club are currently preparing for Friday’s Basque Derby against Real Sociedad and Mikel Balenziaga hopes that he will get the chance to play. The 30-year-old was a guest on the Fuera de Juego radio show on Wednesday night and said that he believes Athletic can earn all three points if they stay true to their style of football. The Lions want to return to Europe and that starts by taking it one day at a time.
“I hope that I will get to play at the San Mamés. If we do things the right way we will take all three points. We want us to be an aggressive team…playing direct and creating chances in front of goal. Real Sociedad will be missing some players, but they still have a good squad and are strong offensively. We are going into the game with good feelings. The goal this year is to qualify for Europe. It is something very special, but we have to take it one game at a time.”
Despite the arrival of Yuri Berchiche, Balenziaga has already started two games so far this season and has played quite well in Eduardo Berizzo’s system. The 30-year-old highlighted the fact that everyone in the squad has to take advantage of the minutes they are given and said that he and hopes that he will be offered a new contract.
“We are a team of 25 players and the Mister is the one who chooses who plays. If you play you have to take advantage of the minutes. When you are in the stands or on the bench you have to support the team. If you are 100% you will get chances. It is very easy to play with Yuri Berchiche. He covers a lot of ground and is a great player. The club and I haven’t talked about my contract renewal yet. They know that I am happy to be here. It is a special club.”
Friday’s Basque Derby presents Athletic with a special opportunity. The Lions will be looking to build on Saturday’s thrilling draw against Barcelona and there is no better way to do that than to beat their biggest rival at home. These matches are always difficult and full of emotion, but if Athletic play their intense style of football they could come away with three vital points.