Beñat “I Think We’re Going To Get The Three Points In Barcelona”


Beñat is happy to be training with his teammates again (AC)

It has been over two weeks since Beñat was admitted to the hospital with an infection and high fever. On Monday he was able to return to normal training at Lezama and could even be available for Monday’s game against Espanyol if he continue to recover well. The 31-year-old spoke to the media after training on Friday and was quick to thank everyone for their support while he was dealing with the issue.

“I felt more tired than usual but thought it was an accumulation of trainings. I thought it was normal until after the international break when the fatigue continued. We decided to run some tests and found out that I had an infection. It’s all fine now, thankfully it was just a scare. I’m well and doing much better. It was a virus and just a scare. I feel much better and little by little I’m picking up the pace and training with the team. I would like to thank everyone who has shown me their support.”

It took Beñat a few games to find his rhythm in Berizzo’s system this season, but he was playing good football before getting sick. He was sad to be sidelined over the last two weeks but says that he is working hard to be back on the field as quickly as possible.

“I feel at ease on the team. I am fine and hope to play again soon. I was very comfortable on the field and the truth is that getting sick is a pity, but that means that I have to work hard to return to that same level. The team hasn’t played another type of football. We have a large squad and everybody can play with physicality and intensity. We can play football well.”


There is a chance that Beñat could be called up for Monday’s match (AS)

Beñat went on to say that he understands no one expected Athletic to be this far down the La Liga table after ten matches, but he is confident that the results will come if the team continues to work hard. The players aren’t worried right now and have trained well this week leading up to Monday’s match against Espanyol.

“Nobody expected the results we’ve had so far; we deserve more points. We have to keep working and the victories will come. We need to adjust our game more. If we do that we will get better results. The team has worked well this week. I think we’re going to get the three points in Barcelona. We are not anxious. We want to start winning games and are working to polish our mistakes. The Mister knows what he wants and always puts the best 11 on the field to try to win every game.”

Athletic face a difficult test on Monday with Espanyol playing fantastic football this season. The Lions also haven’t won at RCDE stadium since defeating the Catalans 2-0 in the Copa del Rey back in March of 2015. It will take a great performance from the entire team if the Basques want to earn their second win of the season and start climbing further up the La Liga table.

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