Eduardo Berizzo “We Controlled The Match, But Real Sociedad Took Advantage Of Our Mistakes”
Athletic Club suffered their second loss of the season on Friday night when the Lions fell 3-1 to Real Sociedad in the Basque Derby. Despite being in dominant form to start the match, they fell behind after VAR rewarded La Real with a penalty. The Lions made two more mistakes in the second half which led to goals and after the game ended Eduardo Berizzo said that he takes full responsibility for the result.
“We controlled the game until VAR awarded Real Sociedad a penalty. The mistakes had a lethal result today. We reacted well to the first goal, but then we made two more that decided the game. If you make mistakes your opponent will take advantage and that is what Real did today. We controlled a lot of the match, but they took advantage of the small details. I think football is a collective game. Responsibility, mistakes, and successes are shared by everyone. I take full responsibility of today’s result. If a player makes a mistake I see that as my mistake”
The manager went on to discuss the use of VAR in the match and seemed very unhappy with it. Still, he understands that it is a part of the game now and knows that the team needs to adapt to the new technology. Despite the decision changing the game he refused to let VAR be an excuse for the team’s performance.
“I like the idea of VAR, but it needs to review every situation or none at all. If there is going to be another referee watching the game from above then the referee on the field feels pointless. It’s a new situation in football and it will be difficult to adapt to it, but we have to because it’s part of the game now. I asked the referee about today’s bookings. We committed six fouls and were shown five cards. That’s not a characteristic of the team, but of the referee. If every time a player commits a foul he’s booked then you will be left with no players.”
Iñaki Williams started at striker once again for Athletic and failed to pose a threat in front of goal. Berizzo said that it isn’t just the forward’s fault and that the entire team is struggling to create scoring chances. Something will have to change moving forward.
“We must give Iñaki more chances to score and get him the ball in dangerous areas. The lack of scoring isn’t just the striker’s fault. We aren’t creating enough chances. We have to think about how to fix this situation in which we have a lot of the possession but aren’t scoring goals. We have to find other ways and maybe be more direct. I brought on Aduriz for Raúl García in hopes of finding a goal. I didn’t want to take off Iker Muniain because he was generating the attacks.”
Athletic will now go into the international break which couldn’t come at a better time. Berizzo and the team have a lot of things to work on over the next few weeks if they want to get back on the right track. Athletic will be back in action on 21 October when they will travel to Ipurua to take on Eibar in the second Basque Derby of the season.