Kenan Kodro “Scoring Goals Is The Main Job Of A Striker And I Came Here To Score Goals”
Kenan Kodro scored his first goal for Athletic in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Atlético Madrid and it was one to remember. The striker was only on the field for 27 seconds before beating Jan Oblak which sealed the victory for the Basques. On Monday he spoke with Robert Basic of El Correo and shared how exciting it was to score the fastest goal of his career.
“I’m very happy. I was on the field for 27 seconds and I couldn’t even imagine that I was going to score. Thank God the ball went in and we could celebrate the goal. Yes, it’s the fastest goal of my career. I’ve never scored so quickly before, not as a starter or coming off the bench. I don’t know if I’ll ever score so fast again. They told me only 27 seconds had passed and in the dressing room everyone congratulated me and we celebrated.”
Since he first arrived at Athletic back in January, Kodro has spoken several times about how strikers are valued for their goals. They give forwards confidence to score even more and that’s what he wants to do. Saturday’s strike was special to the 25-year-old who admitted that he will be keeping the shirt he was wearing.
“Scoring goals is the main job of a striker and I came here to score goals. A forward feeds on goals. They give you confidence and motivate you to keep working hard. I was fortunate to score against Altético and I had had chances in previous matches. In the end, I was able to score my first goal against a great team. It was absolute happiness to hear San Mamés chant my name. That doesn’t happen every day and I thank everyone for the support I’ve received. I will keep the shirt. It says at home.”
Athletic had not beaten Atlético since 2013 until Saturday. Kodro stated that streaks like that are always meant to be broken and believes that the Lions were the better side. Being eliminated from Europe negatively impacted Atlético, but Athletic deserved the three points.
“Statistics and records exist to be broken. We played a good game and we were solid at the back, while waiting for our chances up front. The game opened up and we enjoyed more chances. In the end we had the fortune of scoring two goals and adding three very important points. I think we were really good. They had just lost the other day to Juventus and that possibly influenced them, but they are professionals and they have to forget what happened. Athletic was good and we deserved the victory.”
In closing, the striker admitted that picking up the three points allows Athletic to enter the race for European qualification. The Lions are now just 3 points off of 7th place, though they will continue to take it one game at a time. For now, he will leave on international duty with Bosnia-Herzegovina where he hopes to keep scoring goals.
“Of course, these points help us look to higher places in the table. This is a club that has to dream of the best things. We are professionals and we must also have goals, but right now we have to rest and prepare for the next game against Girona. Then we will see what happens. We have to prepare ourselves well and then what will be will be. I won’t really have rest, but I’m full of confidence and happy and hoping to get more minutes. Hopefully I can lend a hand to the Selection. The coach and my teammates congratulated me and wished me well on my trip to play with the Bosnia-Herzegovinia National Team. They also told me to come back as soon as possible.”
Saturday’s win put Athletic into a great position heading into the international break. Not only are the Zurigorri within striking distance of the top seven, they are also fully healthy which gives Gaizka Garitano plenty of options to choose from in the final stretch of the season. The next two weeks will be an important time for the team to regroup and prepare for the last 10 games on the schedule.