Oscar De Marcos “A Draw Wouldn’t Have Been Bad”
Sunday’s match against Getafe didn’t go as planned for Athletic. The two sides were evenly matched, but Angel was able to score a late winner for the hosts that sent the Basques back to Bilbao empty-handed. After the final whistle, Oscar De Marcos stated that a draw would have been a fair result, though he knows Athletic made mistakes.
“It looked like a match that would end 0-0. Seeing the ways things were going, a draw wouldn’t have been bad. There were very few mistakes by either team, but the one chance they had ended in a goal and, in this type of match, practically decided the result. Angel did well and that killed us.”
Athletic started well, but things changed when Ibai Gómez suffered an ankle injury after just 15 minutes. Markel Susaeta took his place and struggled to perform. The captain has yet to be given a contract renewal offer and De Marcos says that he wants the very best for his close friend.
“It’s not an easy situation. Markel is an example for us all. He’s been an example from the first day I came to the club and he continues to be an example for us in the locker room day after day. The situation is complex, but I’m not the one who makes this decision. I’m Markel’s friend and I want what is best for him. He’s a quiet guy and he’s cal. He’s not very expressive, but I know him very well. It doesn’t make us nervous.”
With Gómez and Ander Capa injured there is a good chance that De Marcos and Susaeta could both feature in the starting lineup next weekend when Rayo Vallecano visit San Mamés. The Zurigorri are locked in a battle for the top seven and will need to take all three points against Rayo if they are going to continue their pursuit of European qualification.