Yeray “There’s Nothing Left To Learn, On Friday We Have Another Fight”


Yeray blames poor second half performance for Sunday’s loss to Valencia (LaLiga)

Athletic lost their second league match under Gaizka Garitano on Sunday, falling 2-0 to Valencia at the Mestalla. The Lions had the chance to climb into 7th in the league table, but the defeat keeps them cemented in 11th. After the game Yeray spoke to the media and admitted that Valencia were able to take control in the second half which decided the outcome.

“We leave with a bittersweet feeling. The first half was very even, neither of the two teams managed to create anything. In the second half they were better and had some luck. We had chances on both sides, but they had better fortune and scored two goals. Their fullbacks created a lot of danger with crosses from the left and right. In the first half we controlled them, but in the second half unfortunately we didn’t.”

The defender went on to explain that Athletic were allowed to play their style of football, but weren’t able to create chances in the final third. Even when Valencia were up 2-0 the Basques refused to give up and now they must prepare for Friday night’s match against Espanyol.

“We knew that they were going to let us play with the ball. We did what we’ve always been doing, but in the final third things didn’t go as we wanted. The goal didn’t come. We tried until the end and can’t lower our heads. We continued to press when it was 2-0 to get a goal to give us a boost. We haven’t forgotten our goals. Espanyol is a direct rival and they are coming to the San Mamés, which will be a fortress. We know we will get the three points. There’s nothing left to learn. On Friday we have another fight.”

The biggest moment of the game came early in the first half when Raúl García was taken down inside the box. Replay showed the the defender didn’t touch the ball, but VAR ruled there was no penalty. “Raúl García is very smart”, Yeray had to say about the moment. “He played the ball before the defender, who hit his leg. The referee didn’t want to look at it.” The game might have ended differently if the penalty was given, but now Athletic must prepare for Friday’s clash with Espanyol.

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