Yeray “You Always Grow In The Face Of Adversity”
Athletic’s 3-1 loss to Real Sociedad is still fresh in the minds of the players despite going through a two week international break. This weekend the Lions will be looking to turn things around as they travel to Ipurua to take on Eibar. The team has been hard at work this week and Wednesday night Yeray was a guest on the Fuera De Juego radio show where he highlighted the importance of growing from adversity.
“The loss to Real Sociedad was hard and we are still feeling it. This coming week has three games and it is very important week for us. If we earn the points it will take us further up the table. We want to be in the European zone. No one likes to be this far down the table, but sooner or later the results will come. You always grow in the face of adversity.”
Yeray is aware of the fact that Sunday’s Basque Derby will not be an easy game at all. He said that the Lions will have to trust their style of possession-based attacking football if they want to pick up all three points at Ipurua.
“The Derby will be an intense game between two teams that like to have the ball and press high up the field. It’s anyone’s guess who will take the three points. Ipurua is a good stadium to get a win and maybe right now we need the points more than they do. They will be another difficult opponent so we will have to trust in our way of playing.”
Speaking of Athletic’s style of football, Yeray noted that the entire squad trusts in Eduardo Berizzo’s system. That being said, he wants to see the team create more scoring chances and limit their mistakes moving forward.
“We are all confident in Berizzo’s system. We have to correct the small details so that games don’t go the wrong way. We have struggled against teams that defend and attack on the counter. It’s important that we create more chances in front of goal and not make so many mistakes.”
When asked about his own season to this point, Yeray admitted that he has been gaining confidence and is happy to be playing regular minutes. He still sees room for improvement, but is enjoying the consistency. He also doesn’t believe the rumors that Unai Nuñez wants to leave Athletic. Despite the fact that his teammate wants to be playing more, Yeray says that Nuñez wants to be at the club.
“Little by little I am gaining confidence. I didn’t have that last year. I have to correct the details, like the mistake I made against Real Sociedad, to improve and continue to get better. I’m happy and I’m playing. I wanted continuity and I have it. I think the rumors about Unai Nuñez are uncertain and that he wants to be here. What you have to do is work day by day and in games, above all, show that you are the one who should be playing. It’s true that when you’ve been a starter and played well you aren’t happy when that changes. Iturraspe and San Jose also used to have prominent roles but don’t right now. I see all three of them working to improve every day and be in the lineup. Everyone wants to play and Unai is training hard every day.”
This week presents Athletic with the perfect opportunity to start climbing the La Liga table. After traveling to Ipurua on Sunday the team will be back in action three days later when they play the previously postponed match against Rayo Vallecano at Vallecas. If the Lions are able to secure three points in both games they could climb as high as seventh before next weekend’s home game against Valencia.