Oscar De Marcos “It’s Inevitable That Some Games Won’t End Well”
Sunday’s match against Valencia didn’t go as planned. Athletic had the chance to climb into 7th place in the La Liga table with a win, but suffered a 2-0 loss at Mestalla. After the game Oscar De Marcos told the media that the first goal in the second half determined the rest of the match and made things very difficult for the Basques.
“It was a complicated field. We came into the game in good form and we wanted to continue adding points. In the first half we were both hesitant and didn’t create anything. There were chances on both sides, but we didn’t have those moments of danger. Their goals just two minutes into the second half was decisive. From there they were able to defend and wait for us to make mistakes. We had a lot of crosses, but without chances. Then they killed the game with a counter attack.”
De Marcos went on to say that after going down 1-0 Athletic started playing more with their hearts than with their minds. The Lions know that they won’t win every game, but they are ready to put Sunday’s loss behind them on Friday when Espanyol visit the San Mamés.
“We were worse in the first 20 minutes of the second half. We couldn’t make those passes to get the ball into their area. Then, by impulse, we wanted the draw, but we tried more with our hearts than with our tactics. When you are in good form you look more at the places above you, but it’s inevitable that some games won’t end well. We have to raise our heads. On Friday we have another match at home and it’s time to add more points.”
Athletic have two more games before the international break later this month. A win against Espanyol on Friday night could put the Zurigorri right back in the conversation for European qualification, but the team is still looking to take the season one game at a time. Sunday’s loss was definitely a blow, but Athletic are ready to respond at San Mamés.