Dani García “We Don’t Like To Play Other Ways, It Doesn’t Suit Us”
Dani García has taken a massive step forward in his second season with Athletic. The midfielder has played every single minute so far this year and has been a very important piece in Gaizka Garitano’s system. Once a player who would regularly received bookings, García has improved that area of his game and explained to Radio Bilbao that it was a necessity after last season.
“I haven’t had a year like this and I hope it lasts. The fifth yellow card is already close, but we will try to make it as late as possible. I’ve had the record for most cards in La Liga. Garitano told me I had to limit the yellow cards. I used to get booked every time I protested and I now I know how to do it better. Because of VAR you measure yourself a lot more with every challenge.”
García has been very open about the fact that he believes Garitano’s style of football fits the team well. When asked about it, the 29-year-old once again said that the squad is very happy with the system, although more players have to step up and help score goals moving forward.
“We are a very strong defensive team that plays to win with fast transitions. We don’t like to play other ways like tiki-take, it doesn’t benefit us or suit us. We take risks in the final third which is how we can hurt opponents. It’s true that some of us have to take on a bigger role of scoring goals. I have to improve in that aspect because it shouldn’t just be Rulo, Muniain, and Williams.”
Athletic narrowly missed European qualification last season which wasn’t easy for García to accept. “Not qualifying for Europe last year left me upset because I was one of the few that had never played in Europe; It’s a dream of mine,” he concluded. This year, the Basque giants will once again compete for a top seven finish and believe they have the quality to return to Europe.