Julen Guerrero “It’s Normal That There Is A Little Fear”
There is genuine fear amongst Athletic fans that the club could be relegated for the first time in history. With the team currently sitting 18th in the league table, and four points away from safety, former Captain Julen Guerrero understands the concern. He told El Correo that it is normal to worry and that it won’t be easy to turn things around this season.
“It’s normal that there is a little fear. To get out of any situation, the first thing is to recognize the issue and face it. The reality and the truth is that the distance [to safety] is getting longer and longer. It’s hard to come back, because if you are six or seven points away you have to play very well and others have to fail. In addition, in other years there was already some team off the hook waiting to react in the winter market, but this year everyone is competitive.”
With new manager Gaizka Garitano at the helm, Guerrero says the most important thing right now is to win games. The team has to build a rhythm and confidence if they are going to climb up the standings and Guerrero believes that Garitano is capable of leading the team the safety. Above all else, he called on fans to show their support in such a difficult time.
“Right now victories are needed. From here to Christmas there are three games and they are fundamental to get out of this situation. They are going to count a lot. I believe Gazika is able to move the team forward. He is from here and has lived Athletic as a player and as a coach. It takes time at Athletic and he has plenty of knowledge. When you’re down anything negative is a blow but if things go well, even simply scoring a goal, you think you can turn back. I hope that with the support of the fans they turn the situation around.”
Gaizka Garitano will coach his first game for Athletic today as the Lions take on Huesca at El Alcoraz. Athletic hold a 4-0 lead from the first leg and stand a good chance of advancing to the Round of 16. Afterwards, the new manager will turn his attention to Monday night’s match against Girona as the Zurigorri look to start climbing the La Liga table with a victory at the San Mamés.