Gaizka Garitano “This Will Be One Of The Most Difficult Games Of The Season”
Athletic’s win over Barcelona to start the season was huge, but it’s only one game. The Lions want to build on the momentum and know that they must take every single match just as seriously if they are going to continue adding points. Athletic will travel to Getafe on Saturday with hopes of securing another victory but it won’t be easy. Gaizka Garitano spoke to the press before Friday’s training session and warned just how difficult the fixture will be.
“Getafe are a brilliant team that do many things very well. They are in Europe and almost qualified for the Champions League last season. They believe in what they do, they’re one of the best teams in the league. They have a lot of intensity in attack. They like to press and are physically strong. Good teams know how to handle specific times of the game. Getafe know when they have to attack and when they have to defend. They dominate all aspects of the game. Getafe have quality players that demand a lot from you. This will be one of the most difficult games of the season.”
Garitano also acknowledged the similarities between both clubs. Athletic and Getafe are strong at the back and press high up the pitch which will make for an interesting match. Above all else, the manager made it clear that the Lions have to score a goal because keeping a clean sheet will be a challenge.
“We are both strong teams that defend well and press. We don’t know how the game is going to go. Both teams have their own style of play and we will see who prevails. We have to go with the idea of scoring. They create a lot and are a very offensive team. We have to do things well in attack and defense. In this type of game if you don’t score it’s very difficult to keep a clean sheet, especially with all their quality. We have to play a good game, avoid mistakes, and hit on the attack. To win the game we have to play our best.”
In closing, Garitano was asked about the availability of players who have been dealing with injuries. The Mister confirmed that Ibai Gómez, Iñigo Martinez, and Iñigo Córdoba have all been cleared to play, while Iñigo Lekue is the only player who will be forced to miss out. Getting back three important players will give Athletic a major boost going into a very difficult match away from home.