Iker Muniain “We Played A Great Game From Start To Finish”

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Iker Muniain celebrates his goal against Alavés (AC)

Athletic were in dominant form on Sunday as they defeated Alavés 2-0 at San Mamés to move to the top of the La Liga table. Iker Muniain played a big role in the victory by scoring the second goal and could have had at least one more. After the match the captain told reporters that scoring feels better when it’s followed by a win and says that Athletic controlled the entire game.

“I’m happy to score a goal, especially because it helped the team. Everything tastes better when you a score a goal and it helps to win the game.  I had some other chances and didn’t finish them, but the three points make up for it. We didn’t give Alavés any options and they are an opponent who makes it difficult to create chances. We had the game under control at all times and played a great game from start to finish.”

Muniain was taken off the field in the 81st minute and was noticeably exhausted. With a game coming up against Leganés on Wednesday the 26-year-old could be rested. “Having three games in one week means you have to try to recover well after each game”, answered Muniain when asked about it. “We have another hard game ahead in Leganés. They will want to add three points to start climbing. We will go with everything to try and bring home a victory.”

Likewise, Ander Capa pointed out that stretching the field was a big part of the team’s success in the Derby. “We knew that Alavés is a difficult opponent that doesn’t give up a lot of space, but by playing out wide we would have our chances. We managed to play our game and we got the three points.” The Lions have been unbeatable at home this season and have yet to concede a goal at the The Cathedral. “We feel privileged every time we play at San Mamés”, Capa concluded.

Wednesday’s trip to Leganés will be yet another massive game for Athletic. A win would see the Zurigorri keep their place at the top of the table, but anything else could mean falling several spots. On paper the Basques will be heavy favorites and it will be up to Gaizka Garitano to get the rotations right with Valencia set to visit San Mamés on Saturday.

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