Mikel San José Hopes To End 14 Year Drought At The Santiago Bernabéu

Athletic will look to keep hold of 7th place in the La Liga table on Sunday, but it won’t be easy. The Lions will travel to the Santiago Bernabéu to face off with Real Madrid who pose a major challenge. Mikel San José took the time to address the media following Thursday’s training session and said that the Lions will fight for all three points.

“It’s going to be a beautiful, important, and complicated game. We go to Madrid full of enthusiasm and knowing that there is a lot at stake. There are six games left, of which four will be played away from home. They will be very important. We are going to fight in every one of them. If we want to fight to be in Europe, it’s not enough to just win at home. We have to get the same thing, we will try to score points in the four remaining games.”

It’s been 14 years since Athletic last won at the Bernabéu and San José knows it would be special to put an end to that run. He recognizes that the Basques have always played well at the stadium, but the results have eluded them.

“To come back with the three points, in terms of the table, would be a big jump. It’s been 14 years since we last won there and breaking that streak would be important. I have the feeling that we always play well there and create chances but we always come back with defeats. We have to be effective and avoid giving up chances.”

Real Madrid may not have anything left to play for this season, but they are still dangerous. San José knows they will want to give their fans joy at home and that means that the Zurigorri must be at their best to get a good result.

“Since the return of Zidane, Madrid want to please their fans. They will fight and we will try to be a very complicated team for them. It’s the best moment for us in terms of dynamics and results. We have significant absences but we have a big squad and the level and capacity for the team to maintain this level.”

With Dani García sidelined with a muscle injury San José will return to the starting lineup. “We all come here to Lezama to try to play but obviously there is a coach who decides”, he said referring to playing time. “We all know what football is like. I’m not going to complain, we’d all like to play every day.” If García’s injury is as serious as sources claim, San José will be in the lineup for the rest of the season.

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