Iñigo Córdoba “I Appreciate The Minutes I’ve Had Again Under Garitano”
Football runs in Iñigo Córdoba’s blood. He’s one of four children who are all footballers and so far Iñigo has made it to the highest level. The oldest sibling, Aitor, is currently the Captain of Leioa in the Segunda B and Iñigo told Radio Popular during an interview that he really looks up to his brother.
“At home we talk about football and all four siblings play football. There are three older brothers and our sister: Aitor, Captain of Leioa, Asier at Bilbao Athletic, and little Ainhora who is 17 and plays in Leioako Emakumeak. I admire my older brother Aitor. I take his advice as a brother, not just as a football player. We are very proud of him too, he’s been competing in the Segunda B for many years.”
Córdoba made his first team debut last season under Kuko Ziganda and quickly established himself as an important player in the team. He recognized that he didn’t play as regularly under Eduardo Berizzo, but is happy to be back on the field with Gaizka Garitano taking over as the manager.
“It has been a year and a half since my debut and I continue with the same energy. I played a lot of minutes, good minutes, and then this season with Berizzo it wasn’t like that, but football has many ups and downs. I’ve played under three coaches and we all know that’s not good news. I tried to stay with the details of each coach, especially with Berizzo with whom I didn’t have as many opportunities. Garitano likes the wingers to be active and we sacrifice ourselves. I appreciate the minutes I’ve had again and I hope to continue like this. He has clear ideas about how he wants us to play.”
Still just 21 years old, Córdoba is doing everything he can to help the team and continue improving. He explained that the team is playing better under Garitano, but they also understand the dangerous situation that they are in as they battle relegation. The players may have had a few days off for the Holidays, but they are solely focused on Monday night’s match against Celta Vigo.
“I think I’m doing everything in my power to do as well as possible and so is the team. With Garitano we have improved and we have achieved better results. We all know that we are in a complicated situation and our goal is to look at the next game and try to get the maximum points possible in the month of January that comes loaded with matches. I think we are more solid defensively and are giving less chances. We’ve had a few days to disconnect a little, but we have our heads on the Celta match which is a vital game. We are looking forward to Monday.”
January will be a very challenging month for Athletic. The Lions will play 6 games in 20 days starting with Monday night’s match and they will need to get as many points as possible. As of right now the Basques sit 18th in the La Liga table but could climb as high as 16th with a win against Celta Vigo and other favorable results throughout the weekend. Tough matches lie ahead and the Zurigorri desperately need positive results.