Aritz Aduriz “I Didn’t Take The Penalty Well And I’m Not Happy About It”
Aritz Aduriz was honored in his return to Son Moix on Friday night but the match didn’t go as planned. Mallorca pushed Athletic well into stoppage time, though the striker had the opportunity to win the game with a late penalty. Aduriz’s shot was saved and the Basques had to settle for a scoreless draw and a single point.
“We couldn’t get the win”, Aduriz told reporters after the match. “I didn’t take the penalty well and I’m not happy about the shot I took. I was upset because of all the work my teammates had done and I wasn’t able to help us finish with three points.” Both teams hit the post once and failed to convert a penalty in the second half which had everything except goals.
Despite the draw, Aduriz has no concerns about Athletic’s quality moving forward. “This is still a solid team that does things well”, he explained. “We are happy with the work we’ve done because this game had a little bit of everything. We will continue to work so that the next game we will score goals and can win the match.”
Aduriz played for Mallorca from 2008 until 2010 and was honored at the game with fans also bringing banners to celebrate his career. The striker admitted that it was a really special night at Son Moix, but that the tribute didn’t affect his penalty attempt late in the game as he was solely focused on scoring to win the match.
“I was very happy for the reception. I have special affection for Mallorca and I’m grateful to this island and this club. It wasn’t necessary, but I’m thankful. I put it all away during the penalty so that I could score and we could get the victory. I did everything possible for Athletic to win. There should be no doubt about it, but just in case I wanted to make it clear.”
Picking up a draw on the road against Mallorca wasn’t the ideal result, but every single point will be important this season. Athletic now sit alone in second place with eight points from the opening four matches and will now begin preparing for next weekend’s Basque Derby against Alavés who will be visiting San Mamés.