Gorka Guruzeta “I’m Very Happy With The Goal, But Not With The Result”
Gorka Guruzeta had a special night against Sevilla as the 22-year-old scored his first goal for Athletic in what was a beautifully placed header from the top of the box. His goal saw the Basques win 1-0, but it wasn’t enough to overturn the 3-1 deficit from the first leg. After the game Guruzeta was clearly excited about his goal, but also admitted that he was sad that Athletic were eliminated.
“In the first half I had two easier chances with incredible balls from Ibai. They didn’t go in and I scored the most difficult one. I hit the ball as hard as possible and it went in perfectly. My teammates told me it was a great goal. I’m very happy with the goal, but not happy with the result. It was a shame because we were eliminated. I want to dedicate my goal to my parents and my brother.”
Guruzeta is already very familiar with manager Gaizka Garitano who coached him with Bilbao Athletic last season. “I spoke with Gaizka and he trusts me so I have to fight and earn my minutes”, the striker told reporters. “He says that he counts on me. I feel best as a striker or a winger, but I’ll play wherever the Mister puts me. When you have the ball and see yourself with chances you are very happy.”
Garitano confirmed after the game that Guruzeta needs to play regular minutes to build consistency and continue developing, but made it clear that Athletic are not looking to send the 22-year-old on loan. With several injuries in the team Guruzeta can get chances in the matches to come and the manager trusts the Lezama product to contribute. The goal against Sevilla was special and Garitano told reporters that he “has big plans” for Guruzeta.