Iago Herrerín “A Month Ago We Were Dead And Now We’re Out Of The Relegation Zone”
After earning clean sheets in the first three games under manager Gaizka Garitano Athletic finally conceded a goal. It came in stoppage time against Real Valladolid on Saturday and saw the team’s 1-0 lead squandered into a 1-1 draw at the San Mamés. After the match Iago Herrerín told reporters that the team is doing better, but they can’t start to think that they have accomplished anything.
“A month ago we were dead and now we are out of the relegation zone. There is no need to only think about the negatives. I’m not encouraged, but negative thinking doesn’t help anything. Pessimism must be put aside. However, we can’t be happy either. You have to try to get the most from every game. The draw is unfair because of the way it happened. That moment, if you avoid it, you win 1-0 and take three points. We were punished and it’s true that we’re pissed about that. But in the end we must bear in mind that they played well too and we didn’t create enough chances. We have to demand more from ourselves.”
Herrerín went on to admit that the players are to blame for letting Valladolid find an equalizer. He stated that Gaizka Garitano’s system is best suited for the team right now and hopes to give fans more to celebrate in the new year.
“We are the first ones to blame because we didn’t kill the game. Every small detail is killing us. We can’t be happy, but we must bear in mind that a month ago this was happening many times in each game. Today, however, there was only one small detail that hurt us and it made the victory escape us. Garitano has come with clear ideas. He’s installed a style of play that I think we need in this critical situation. In the new year we are hoping to be more comfortable and happy and control every game. We want to make the fans enjoy it because they deserve some joy.”
The only thing that matters right now is winning football matches. Athletic will have the next two weeks to regroup, train, and rest before being back on the field on 7 January when the Lions travel to Balaídos to face off with Celta Vigo. It will be yet another difficult game for the Zurigorri who want to keep climbing the La Liga table.