Unai Simón “It’s Not The First Time I’ve Made A Save With My Face”

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Unai Simón was the Man of the Match in Sunday’s draw with Villarreal (AC)

Unai Simón played his best game in an Athletic shirt on Sunday, making four miraculous saves to keep a clean sheet against Villarreal. It was the first time the Yellow Submarine had been held scoreless at home in 20 games and the goalkeeper’s performance helped Athletic pick up an important point. Simón spoke with Gol TV after the match and was happy with the result at Estadio de la Cerámica.

“Goalkeepers are here to make big plays in goal and help the team. Our dynamic away from home hasn’t been good but today we don’t feel bad at all. We knew we were playing at a field where our opponent is very offensive and have scored a lot of goals. We knew it was going to be a complicated game. We are very proud of our defensive work. We need to score away from home, but we have to value this result.”

One of Simón’s best saves came when Gerard Moreno’s shot was deflected off the 22-year-old’s face.”It’s not the first time I’ve made a save with my face, I’m just glad to have stopped it,” Simón said with a laugh. “It’s a part of football and goalkeepers are used to this happening. It his me under my eye, if it was higher I probably would have been dizzy, but I’m fine. Things have gone well, not only for me, but for the whole team. This draw will help us, this is a path to follow. We have to assess what it means to get a point here. If we do well in the next game at home we can climb the table.”

The Lezama product has now kept 6 clean sheets in 11 appearances this season and has been playing at a very high level. “My goal is play for Athletic every day,” he told reporters. “I know I’m doing things right, but sometimes you have a bad game. We’re all human, you won’t be a 10 every game. I’m going to have matches like today and other times I won’t.”

Unai Simón will be expected to start again on Sunday when Athletic welcome Levante at San Mamés. A win could see the Lions climb back into the European zone of the table before the start of the international break.

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