Ander Capa “I Left My Feelings Out Of It And Focused On Giving My Best Performance”
Ander Capa started against Eibar on Saturday in what was another big win for Athletic. It was the right-back’s first match against his former club and he did well, showing no signs of nerves. After the game he highlighted Gaizka Garitano’s influence on improving the defense, while also admitting that he didn’t think about his emotions in such a special Basque Derby.
“From the very beginning Garitano wanted to strengthen the defense. That has helped us concede fewer goals and fewer chances. We are doing it well. I’m enjoying playing so many minutes. Every weekend is an opportunity to prove myself. I left my feelings out it today and I focused on giving my best performance.”
Raúl García scored the goal that proved to be the winner just 42 seconds into the game. Capa reiterated the importance of Athletic coming out strong at the start and, even though they had some difficulties, they fought until the final whistle to secure the 1-0 victory.
“These matches are won from the beginning and going out strong. We were able to find an early goal. We knew that they wanted to be plugged in from the start and we came out in the same way. That’s how we got ahead. Afterwards we lacked a bit of calmness to control the game, but we have shown our willingness to fight at all times.”
Fans are starting to celebrate the fact that Athletic are now just one point off of Real Sociedad for 7th place and only 6 points off of the last Champions League spot in the table. That may be the case, but the Athletic players refuse to talk about Europe. Capa knows where the team has come from and says they are only thinking about their next match.
“For us these are three more important points. That’s the only thing we are looking at. Right now we are only thinking about Valencia, our next match. We are not going to look at the zone above us. We are in a comfortable situation, but we must be aware that we have also been very far down the table. Now we have to focus on what we do every weekend.”
Ander Capa has been an important part of Garitano’s team since the managerial change back in December. The entire team has played much better under the Mister and now challenging for Europe is a real possibility. That being said, the team doesn’t want to talk about it right now. The only thing they are concerned with is next Sunday’s game against Valencia at the Mestalla.