Ibai Gómez “We Had A Very Clear Gameplan And Made Alavés Uncomfortable”
Athletic put in yet another dominant performance on Sunday, defeating Alavés 2-0 at San Mamés to move to the top of the La Liga table. The players knew it would be a difficult match against an opponent known for their disciplined defending, but the Lions managed to control the pace of play and pressure Alavés with a high line. Ibai Gómez made his first start of the season against his former club and was full of excitement after the game.
“The truth is that the team is doing very well”, said the winger. “We were superior to our opponents and the three points helps us climb the table with great enthusiasm. We had a very clear game plan and made Alavés very uncomfortable. We knew it was going to be difficult to create chances because they are a team that makes you uncomfortable and that gives even more credit to this victory.”
Being at the top of the La Liga table after five games definitely has Athletic fans excited. The Zurigorri certainly look like a team that will challenge for Europe, but the players are keeping their feet on the ground. “We are setting short-term goals”, explained Gómez. “Now the next one is the match against Leganés and we aren’t looking any further.” Athletic will be favorites in Wednesday’s trip to Leganés but Gaizka Garitano will have to rotate the team with three games in six days.