Yeray “We Know The Idea Of The Game We Want To Play”
The international break is just around the corner, but first Athletic will host Levante on Sunday before the beginning of the two-week stoppage. After a big win over Espanyol and the draw with Villarreal, the Lions are in much better spirits. While speaking with Radio Popular, Yeray explained that the team is really looking forward to the match and that playin at San Mamés will give an important boost.
“We are super motivated and focused for this match and we know the idea of the game we want to play. We want to take three points that would put us fully in the fight for the top positions. Any team playing at home must be the favorite and even more so when we can back it up. A win against Levante would put us closer to the teams in the top positions.”
Levante will come into the game with plenty of confidence following wins over Barcelona and Real Sociedad, but Yeray believes it could also hurt them. Playing at the Cathedral will be a hostile atmosphere for the visitors.
“It’s something that will give them confidence but can also work against them. It’s true that they beat the league leaders but we also beat them on the first day of the season. Every game is a new world, anything can happen. They have to know that they are playing in San Mamés.”
When asked about the team’s problems in front of goal, the Lezama graduate highlighted the fact that Athletic have been creating more chances over recent weeks. The defender is confident that goals will come soon and that the Basques will finish high in the table.
“In some games we have missed chances but against Espanyol we created many. The goals will come, we have forwards who can score. Don’t put too much pressure on them. We aren’t pressured about the lack of goals because we aren’t down in the table. If the strikers were always successful we would be like Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Real Sociedad. If we continue with this dynamic we will finish quite high.”
One of the biggest topics of conversation over the past few weeks has been the whistles directed at Iñigo Córdoba during the win over Espanyol. “I don’t understand it and I will never understand it,” Yeray said firmly addressing the issue. “He’s someone from this family, from here, one of ours. You should never whistle a player, especially at San Mamés. It doesn’t seem right. Iñigo won’t be influenced by it at all.”
In closing, the defender was asked about the two mistakes he made in the draw to Real Valladolid. “It was in my head for quite a while,” Yeray admitted. “The defense can’t make mistakes, but the days go by and you recover. It is what it is, we all have to be better and learn from mistakes.” The defense will have to be at their best once again on Sunday as Athletic look for another important three points at home.