Iago Herrerín “The Important Thing Is That The Coaches Have Faith In Me”
Iago Herrerín is enjoying playing regular minutes after missing the first few months of the season with a biceps injury. On Wednesday, the goalkeeper spoke to the media and said that he was always positive as he went through recovery and has never doubted himself. He is happy with how he’s played and believes he can give even more.
“I had not played for six months, but I always try to be focused. When you come back from a long injury you have doubts that you are going to return well. Luckily I’ve always believed in my mind that I can compete well. I think I have played good games, but I’ve just started. There’s a lot left.”
Throughout his career at Athletic, Herrerín has spent a lot of time behind other keepers. He went into this season expecting to compete for the starting job and his hopes were almost crushed when he suffered his injury. However, he said that Eduardo Berizzo gave him peace so he always knew that he would get his chance after he was fully recovered.
“I’ve been here for years and it’s always been a rollercoaster. At first Gorka Iraizoz was here and then Kepa. This year it seemed that, in principle, I was going to be able to start or at least compete with Unai Simón and Remiro. With the injury everything turned black overnight, but the next day the doctors and the Mister gave me peace of mine. I was counted on and I focused on recovering well. I was always talking to the doctors and it was my biggest fight. If you are mentally well everything will go better. Whether good or bad, you have to be positive. You want to head-butt the wall, but I went home, breathed, and began to count down the days.”
Herrerín still understands that there is plenty of competition at his position. He praised Unai Simón, Alex Remiro, and Hodei Oleaga, but also highlighted the fact that he has the confidence of the coach. Despite the fact that some may judge the 30-year-old, Herrerín says the most important thing is that his coaches and teammates have faith in him.
“There is a lot of competition here with others. Unai is an amazing goalkeeper, Remiro as well, and Hodei [Oleaga] is spectacular. Luckily I have the confidence of the coach and he’s told me that everything depends on how I play. I do feel valued. The issues of goalkeepers are very complex and, more so today, everyone talks about the position without ever having played in goal. The important thing is that the coach, Carlos [the goalkeeper coach], Bonano [the assistant coach], and the other goalkeepers have faith.”
Turning his attention to this season Herrerín admitted that the team can be much better. He does believe that Athletic should have more points right now and says that everyone in the squad is confident. Moving forward the Lions want to add three points in every game and are eager to start climbing the La Liga table.
“We know we can give a lot more. In Vallecas the first half was a disaster but we did better in the second half. We added a point against Valencia but we want to ass three every game. I think we deserve more points. There are matches where you need more strength or more creation. We have a large squad so everyone must be ready. We must always dream big. The team has confidence to look as high as possible, although it is becoming more and more complicated. We want to play better and add three points every game.”
Iago Herrerín and Athletic Club will be back in action on Monday when they will travel to take on Espanyol who have played fantastic football this season. It has been a long time since the Basques won at RCDE stadium and they are hoping to change that in a few days. Herrerín will be expected to start the match and is looking build on the clean sheet he earned against Valencia over the weekend.