Oscar De Marcos “We Have To Know That Every Game Is A Final”
Athletic are currently in the worst situation in the history of the club, having gone 13 straight league games without a win. Monday night’s 3-0 loss to Levante has left fans angry and right-back Oscar de Marcos knows it. He told reporters after the game that the team needs the fans to support them more than ever and said that every game from this point on should be treated like a final.
“The first key is to get down to the ground, be humble, and know that every game is a final. I know it may sound a bit selfish, but on Monday we need the fans more than ever. When we are all together we can do great things. If things aren’t going to be corrected then changes are needed, but from every person in the team. We are the first team and must be self-critical, myself first. We have to get something positive and in these delicate situations we have to have personality and face the issue with maturity.”
De Marcos says that things need to change, although he doesn’t know if that should include manager Eduardo Berizzo. The players trust the coach. This is the worst situation the 29-year-old has been in since joining Athletic back in 2009 and has called on his teammates to take a step forward in one week when they take on Girona.
“I have no idea if the first change is needed on the bench. Iker [Muniain] has made it clear that we are with the coach to the death. On the outside you have to talk about changes and the most visible head is that of the coach, but we trust him. This is clearly the worst time since I’ve been at Athletic. I’ve never been in the relegation zone after 14 days and now I am living in this situation with the rest of my teammates, but from these situations we have to take a step forward. We must fight each game like a final and on Monday, against Girona, that is what it will be.”
With Athletic currently 18th in the La Liga table it’s clear that things must change quickly. The Lions have never been relegated from the Primera and that is the biggest fear at this point. In such a painful moment, players like De Marcos and Muniain have called on the fans to support the team more than ever before.