Ibai Gómez “The Victory Was Well Deserved”
Ibai Gómez provided a big assist for the second straight game, playing a pass to Kenan Kodro who finished the chance to lead Athletic to a 2-0 win over Atlético Madrid on Saturday. After the game the winger praised his team’s defensive composure. In today’s La Liga, being strong at the back can decide results.
“Nowadays in football, being organized is vital. It’s important to be compact. When it was scoreless Atlético were comfortable because they have players who can take advantage of their chances, but the victory was well deserved. We defended very well and it was a praise-worthy approach from Garitano.”
The 29-year-old admitted that beating one of the best teams in Europe will help Athletic build confidence. He believes that the Lions were the better side at San Mamés, but that they must continue to take it one game at a time.
“I’m happy because the team is growing every game. Winning against such a good team gives you a very big boost. We are a better team when we are thinking in the short term. Thinking about the medium or longer term causes mistakes. We have to take it game by game.”
Athletic will now begin their international break, which comes at the perfect time. The team will have the time to regroup while also seeing players like Ander Capa and Aritz Aduriz continue to reintegrate into the group. Gaizka Garitano will spend the stoppage preparing the Lions for their next match against Girona on 29 March.