Unai Nuñez “I Have Been Athletic Since I Was A Child And I Will Give My Best Whether I’m Playing Or Not”
It’s been a difficult season for Unai Nuñez. The 22-year-old was an undisputed starter last year, but with Yeray back healthy the Lezama product has rarely seen the field during the current campaign. He will finally have the opportunity to be back in the lineup on Saturday when Athletic host Atlético Madrid due to Iñigo Martinez being suspended, and he intends to make the most of the chance.
“What I want is to play”, he told Fuera De Juego on Thursday night’s radio show. “I’ve been Athletic since I was a child. I have a contract here and I will give my best whether I’m playing or not. Having played all last season I expected to play more this year, but what I have to do is work to make it a difficult decision for the Mister.”
Nuñez has supported Athletic his entire life and is proud to wear the Zurigorri shirt. That being said, he also wants to play and knows that he has to work hard if he’s going to have minutes. This weekend will give him the chance to prove himself, although he isn’t really looking at it in that way.
“I have a better chance to play than in the previous weeks since Iñigo is suspended, but I still don’t know anything. This is the weekend in which I have the clearest chance to play. I don’t see this game as an exam. I am facing it just like any other game. What I want is to play, to have fun and win.”
Athletic know that Saturday’s match is going to be difficult. “Being eliminated from the Champions League won’t affect Atlético, they are still a great team”, explained Nuñez. “We hope to beat them and we already showed that we can play with them earlier this year at the Wanda Metropolitano. I thought I played well in that game and I joked with Iñaki because I had a good move and pass and he couldn’t finish the chance.”
Unai Nuñez was flawless against Atlético Madrid earlier this season and he will need to repeat that performance if the Lions are going to get a positive result. Several players have already come out to express that they have no fear of Atlético and are ready for a fight at San Mamés. The Lions have yet to lose a game at home under Gaizka Garitano, though that will be put to the test this weekend.