Kenan Kodro “I Feel Good And I Hope To Score My First Goal Soon”
It’s been over a month since Kenan Kodro joined Athletic Club. He hasn’t had the opportunities to play regular minutes at this point, but in a press conference on Wednesday the striker made it clear that he feels comfortable in the team. He has the confidence of manager Gaizka Garitano and is working hard to earn his place at San Mamés.
“As I said, I have returned home. I left Pamplona two years ago to go abroad and it took me a lot more time to adapt, to get into the dynamics of the team and what the coach wanted me to do. I feel good here. The Mister gives me a lot of confidence. I’m really looking forward to working hard and contributing. The three that come off the bench have to give that extra that the team needs depending on the situation of the match. I feel good and I hope to score my first goal soon.”
Kodro went on to say that strikers are valued by the goals that they score. Athletic have struggled to find the back of the net recently, but the 25-year-old doesn’t think that should take away from the improvements that have been made. Being without Aduriz has made things even more difficult and Kodro thinks everyone should try to learn from the veteran.
“Strikers are valued by goals, which are important to win games. There are other things that the team is doing very well and we must not forget that this team has come out of a very difficult situation. We shouldn’t worry and I’m sure goals will come this Friday. Nobody can erase what Aduriz has done here. He is the benchmark that all of us younger players should look to. We can learn a lot from him and we have to think that we can contribute. When he returns he will give us the usual.”
Despite not playing regularly, Kodro says that he has to be ready when needed. His goal is to help the team in any way that he can and he’s excited to have been called back up to the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team.
“You have to be ready and whatever depends on me I will try to do it. I want to help the team in every way that I can. We are all here to give something because we are all at the highest level, which is something that can be seen in training. I’ve been going to the National Team for two years. I’m proud to represent the country of my family. There will be time to focus on those games, but now we have to think about Friday.”
The loss to Valencia is now a thing of the past. Kodro, and Athletic, are singularly focused on Friday night’s match against Espanyol at San Mamés. The striker says that if the Lions play the way they have over the past few months they will get a good result against a direct rival.
“At home we are playing with intensity and the team feels comfortable. That’s the DNA of this club, a team that plays directly. We can’t get sidetracked. Espanyol is a direct rival. The league is very tight and every game is complicated. We will try to continue playing the same way that we have at home. If we do that, it will go very well at San Mamés. From my point of my the match against Valencia wasn’t bad, but Valencia deserved to be ahead. It was difficult for us to create chances, but we are not worried. We have to think about the match with Espanyol on Friday.”
As things stand right now Athletic are just 3 points off of 7th place. If different games around La Liga go their way, the Zurigorri could find themselves within striking distance of Europe if they can beat Espanyol at home. It won’t be an easy game, but Athletic have been very good at San Mamés under Garitano and the team knows the importance of winning this match.