Ander Capa “We Are Not Going To Devalue The Cup, We Are Going To Go For It”
Ander Capa has enjoyed more regular playing time under manager Gaizka Garitano and has been a big part of the team’s success in the past few matches. He started at right-back once again on Monday night as Athletic defeated Celta Vigo 2-1 to take all three points and climb out of the relegation zone. In an interview with Fur de Juego on Tuesday he admitted that the team knew just how important it was to get the victory.
“It was a well-deserved triumph and came at a good time. It’s one thing to suffer at home, but doing so on the road is even more difficult. Seeing the results from the weekend it was important to get all three points to stay in the fight. They were 3 vital points and we celebrate it with great joy. It gives us confidence to keep going. We still lack concentration in the final minutes because we lower our focus, but the game lasted six extra minutes. We had to be on top until the final minute, without lowering our guard.”
Capa went on to say that Athletic are still in a difficult situation, but it isn’t the same as his first season in the top flight with Eibar. He knows that he has earned his playing time under Garitano and also took a moment to praise teammates Iñaki Williams and Iker Muniain who scored the goals against Celta to hand Athletic the win at Balaídos.
“We are in a difficult situation and I have faced complicated situations like this at Eibar. The first year in the Primera was hard. There were nights spent awake when I couldn’t sleep, but this situation is different. It’s true that I didn’t play much under Berizzo, but I was motivated to play. I did not have the opportunity or the continuity, and I was down, but I’ve continued working. Garitano does not give anyone anything. If someone has to sit on the bench he will sit. He makes everyone work for minutes. Williams is a fundamental player. With the speed he has he can make the defense crazy, and Muniain in the midfield does what he wants.”
Athletic must now shift there focus to the Copa del Rey with Sevilla coming to the San Mamés on Thursday for the first leg of the Round of 16. The team understands that the league campaign is the priority, but that isn’t going to stop the Lions from competing in the Cup as well. “We are not going to devalue the Cup”, Capa said. “We are going to go for it.”