Iñigo Martinez “We Must All Take Responsibility For Our Mistakes And Learn From Them”

Inigo Martinez

Iñigo Martinez took responsibility his mistakes in the Basque Derby (AC)

Iñigo Martinez did not enjoy Friday’s match against his former club. The Athletic defender committed a foul in the first half that VAR ruled a penalty and then made a bad pass in the second half that led to another. Real Sociedad won the Derby 3-1 and the 27-year-old told reporters after the game that everyone has to take responsibility for the mistakes that were made at the San Mamés.

“Obviously it’s a tough, hard defeat. It’s not a match that you want to look back on. We went into it wanting to win, but in the end our mistakes led to goals for them and there was little that we could do. We can’t blame the mistakes. We did not play a good game at all and as a team we didn’t create enough chances, so we can’t say the match would have ended differently. We must all take responsibility for our mistakes and learn from them.”

Martinez did admit that Athletic played a good first half, but said that the overall performance was poor. Real Sociedad took advantage of the chances they were allowed while the Lions struggled in front of goal. When asked about the VAR decision to award a penalty the defender said that he was just trying to make a play in the moment.

“The first half was good, but once you concede things always change, even though we equalized very fast. We tried to create chances but we were not able to get anything through the middle or out wide. It wasn’t a good match for us or for them. They took advantage of the three or four chances we gave them. Those details decided the game. The VAR penalty? It was a weird moment that happens in an instant. You try to do everything possible to make a play so that your opponent can’t finish a chance and you end up surrendering a penalty.”

Athletic will now begin their international break which will be a decisive time for the team. The Basques currently sit close to the bottom of the table and have the opportunity to turn things around when the league season resumes. With a game in hand and only four points off of the European zone, now is the time for Athletic to get things back on the right track.

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