Iñaki Williams “The Wanda Is A Good Field For A Surprise”
Atlético Madrid are one of Iñaki Williams’s favorite victims. The striker has scored four goals against the Colchoneros, included two last season, and hopes to find the back of the net again this weekend. The Lions will travel to Madrid on Saturday for what will be a pivotal in the season and Williams is confident that they can get a positive result at the Wanda Metropolitano.
“We have played very good matches against Atlético and the last one was very serious”, Williams shared with his 200,000 Instagram followers on Thursday. “We are going to have our chances. We have to take advantage of them because they give you very little. We have to work for the victory, go out and get it. The Wanda is a good field for a surprise.”
Although Williams would love to score another goal against Atlético, he knows that winning Saturday’s match is the top priority. Diego Simeone’s side are always known for their strong defensive performances, though Williams believes he will have chances in front of goal.
“I’m in good shape. I’ve played well against Atlético and I think I will have opportunities to score there. It doesn’t matter if I score at the Wanda, Camp Nou, Bernabéu or any other stadium. Goals are important, but there’s nothing bigger than scoring at San Mamés. I would be happy to score again, but the three points are paramount. You have to trust this team. We’ve shown our face when things have been difficult.”
Just last year many fans were talking about the fact that Williams wasn’t scoring goals at San Mamés. This year he’s yet to find the back of the net on the road and isn’t worried about the criticism. “Before I was being told that I didn’t score at home and now it’s that I don’t score on the road”, he said. “I can’t always score, if I did I would be Messi. For strikers, goals are our daily bread. Many times the ball doesn’t go in and you get frustrated because you want the goals.”
When asked which Atlético player can cause the most problems for Athletic, Williams immediately answered Thomas Partey. The midfielder was arguably the best player during last year’s match in Madrid, though Williams also stated that Jan Oblak is always capable of changing games in goal.
“Thomas hurt us last year. If I had to remove one player from Atlético it would be Thomas because that was a tough and intense game that we could have won. It was a shame. We went ahead twice and were very competitive. They scored at the last minute we left feeling helpless. What else needs to be said about Oblak after all the saves he’s made.”
There may have been a lot of turnover at Atlético in the summer but Williams still believes they are full of talent. “They have lost Griezmann, who was great for them and against us, but they are a team with a lot of quality and have reinforced well”, he shared. “They have great players at every position, a great squad, and have been doing things well for years. We are going to fight for those three points.”
Lastly, Williams was asked if he prefers Iker Muniain or Raúl García playing as the central attacking midfielder when he’s operating as the striker. “They are different players who can work together”, he answered simply. “Iker generates space that I can take advantage of and Raúl García demands attention. I don’t care who I play with, what I want is to help the team.”
Saturday’s trip to Madrid comes at a difficult time for Athletic. Having gone four games without a victory, the team is in desperate need of three points and taking them all from Atlético is a daunting task. That being said, the Lions are confident that they can get a positive result and that will certainly be the case if Iñaki Williams can put the ball past Oblak yet again.