Ibai Gómez “I’ve Recovered And I’m Ready To Play”
Ibai Gómez has recovered from the calf injury that sidelined him against Barcelona and is expected to be in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Getafe. The winger has been able to train normally throughout the week but knows that the upcoming fixture won’t be easy. Gómez addressed the media following Thursday’s session at Lezama and warned of Getafe’s strong defense.
“Both coaches know the quality of the opponent. Surely both will carry out a specific game plan and we hope to follow ours well and take the three points. I can’t say much else. Getafe press well and don’t let balls inside the box or in dangerous areas. They are aggressive. I think everyone expects it will be a close game without many goals. We will have to take advantage of mistakes and do things perfectly to take the three points.”
According to Gómez, Athletic have to build on what they learned last season. The Lions know their strengths and weaknesses and what they need to do to get a good result against a strong opponent.
“We know ourselves well and I think we learned a lot from last year a game. We have to take advantage of our strengths and be better at what we know to do. To get three points we have to be perfect and not make mistakes. We are confident in how the team plays and the enthusiasm with which we do it. That’s vital in today’s football.”
Athletic have plenty of confidence and momentum after beating Barcelona last weekend, but Getafe will be a much different opponent. Gómez highlighted that the Lions have to focus on their own football instead of worrying about their hosts.
“We know the type of team we are going to face in this battle and they will be totally different from last Friday. We must do what we know to earn the three points. That’s the objective. Getafe are a team that play well and always have a plan. We know it will be complicated from the start.”
In closing, Gómez was asked about the goal of qualifying for Europe. Like the rest of the team, the winger pointed out that Athletic are going to take the season one game at a time and doing that will help them achieve bigger objectives.
“We are cautious. When talking about objectives it seems that it’s expected to talk about Europe or how we will end the season, but there are micro-objectives. If we achieve those, we will also accomplish the long term. For example, we are only thinking about winning on Saturday. That is our mico-objective that will take us where we want to go. I’ve recovered and I’m ready to play.”
Ibai Gómez could feature in the starting lineup against Getafe but that remains to be seen. Oscar De Marcos played on the right-wing against Barcelona and it will be up to Gaizka Garitano to determine whether or not the winger is ready for a full 90 minutes. Regardless, the Basque giants believe that they can pick up another 3 points against a very strong opponent to keep pace at the top of the table.