Iñaki Williams “The Coach Keeps Telling Me That I Have To Unleash My Speed Against Defenders”

Inaki Williams

Iñaki Williams scored a goal and provided an assist against Celta Vigo (LaLiga)

Iñaki Williams had a big night against Celta Vigo. The 24-year-old assisted on the opening goal in the first half and scored the winner in the 54th minute to lift Athletic to a 2-1 win at Balaídos. After the match he told reporters that the team deserved all three points and have to continue playing like this to improve their place in the La Liga table.

“The important thing is that we knew how to suffer and we have been solid in defense. We earned the three points. We’re aware that the match was very important, that we have to add three points at a time, and we got a reward that we deserved. In the last minutes they all pushed forward and we had to work hard. This is the path that we have to follow. Being this far down isn’t a good taste for anyone and today everyone pulled together.”

Williams was taken off just after the hour mark and revealed that he was dealing with some muscle pain. The forward says he’s fine and that he had to use his speed to make a difference against Celta Vigo’s compact defense. Manager Gaizka Garitano has been encouraging him to utilize his speed and he’s playing with confidence.

“I’m fine. I came off because of a muscle overload that was bothering me little by little. I didn’t know how my body was going to react. I’m still comfortable playing up top and a team like Celta tighten up and leave you space. I was able to use my strength, which is running into space, and I feel comfortable doing that. When you are running very fast you have to think very fast. Sometimes I don’t make the right decision and this time Muni and I got a goal. The coach keeps telling me that I have to be enabled and unleash my speed against defenders. I was sure of myself.”

Monday night’s win at Balaídos gave Athletic three important points that lifted the team out of the relegation zone and they will be hoping to build on the momentum. The Lions will now turn their attention to Thursday night’s Copa del Rey first leg against Sevilla which will take place at the San Mamés.

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