Dani García “There Is Pessimism Around The Team That I Don’t Like”
Athletic played well in Saturday’s match at the Wanda Metropolitano, but it wasn’t enough to get a positive result. The Lions fell 2-0 to Atlético Madrid and have now gone five straight games without a victory. Once again, it was the tell of two halves for Athletic as midfielder Dani García pointed out to reporters after the final whistle
“Playing well in the first half isn’t enough”, he said shaking his head. “It’s a shame because we were fine against Valladolid and we were fine against Atlético until the first goal.” From there, Athletic struggled to get back into the game but García firmly defended the team’s style of play under Gaizka Garitano.
“We started the season well and it was said that we didn’t play good football. That didn’t bother us then and it doesn’t bother us now. We have a clear idea of our game and we are proud to play the way that we play. It’s normal for there to be more criticism when there aren’t good results. Now we need improvement to change this bad streak.”
Despite the poor run of form over the past month, García is confident that Athletic can be better moving forward. The midfielder shared that he’s not happy with the pessimism surrounding the team and called on fans to support to the Lions in Wednesday’s match at San Mamés.
“My feelings have always been good. There is pessimism around the team that I don’t like. There has to be unity around the team, not fans leaving in the 80th minute because we are tied or losing. There has to be communion among all to get out of this streak that we are in. On Wednesday the fans will come to support us at San Mamés. We always have the obligation to win when we represent this shield. Wednesday’s match isn’t a final, but it’s important. There is a lot of the season left.”
There will be no excuse if Athletic fail to win on Wednesday. Hosting the league’s worst team at San Mamés is the perfect opportunity to secure a much needed victory and put the season back on the right track. Failure to do so would be completely unacceptable.