Oscar De Marcos “This Game Is Going To Be Very Important”
Athletic will have the perfect chance to end their five-game winless streak on Wednesday when they host Espanyol at San Mamés. The Pericos have managed just two wins from the opening 10 games, but recently made a managerial change by hiring Pablo Machín. While speaking to the press before Monday’s training session, Oscar De Marcos said that it won’t be as easy to prepare for Espanyol due to the adjustments but knows this match will be key to turning the season around.
“They have a coach who keeps the team very organized and they will be different tactically than they have been difficult. That makes it more difficult to analyze. We have to create chances and score goals. Every game the strategy becomes more important, both for and against. It’s true that most games are being defined by the strategies. I think this game is going to be very important.”
De Marcos went on to praise Athletic’s strong defensive performances this season, although admitting that the deficiencies in front of goals have played a big role in the poor results as of late. That being said, the 30-year-old is also encourages by the team being able to create more chances in recent games.
“Defensively we are doing very well. We are a fairly reliable team in this regard, but we have to continue to be. Offensively we have to improve. In our situation, in terms of results, the fact that we have created so many chances is something that has to reassure us. We know what the path is. That’s important because it’s difficult to create chances. Against Valladolid we had 19 shots on target and only one goal.”
Despite the winless streak, De Marcos won’t call Wednesday’s match a must-win. Still, the versatile player knows it will be an important fixture and that the team will have the support of the fans at San Mamés.
“I won’t say this is a final because it’s not, but it’s a very important game. When you are in a bad dynamic you have to get points as soon as possible and think about having a good game. We will play at San Mamés, with our people, wanting to turn things around. There’s no pessimism in the team, but it’s natural that the fans demand more from us.”
Before leaving for training, De Marcos set the expectation that it’s up to the players to reverse the situation. “It’s evident that we are not in a good run so this is a very important moment to change it”, he answered to a final question. “We change this negative dynamic with three points on Wednesday. It’s a favorable match and the fans will be there. We’ve really noticed the push and support at San Mamés.” There will be no excuse for not picking up all three points at the Cathedral.