Iñigo Córdoba “We Are Football Players And We Are Exposed To Public Opinion”
Despite being one of Gaizka Garitano’s most trusted players, Iñigo Córdoba has been subject to regular criticism from fans. The 22-year-old has played an important role in the Athletic system with work rate and defensive contribution, but many believe that he isn’t doing enough in the final third and has even been a liability in attack. Several weeks ago Córdoba was whistled at San Mamés but told reporters on Wednesday that he knows how to handle the negativity.
“No, it doesn’t bother me. The truth is that we are football players and we are exposed to public opinion. Logically, nobody likes to be whistled by the fans or hear murmurs, but we are all mature enough to know how to handle such situations and I have to keep working and try to reverse the situation. I don’t think it’s necessary to give it greater importance. It happened a few weeks ago and it’s not necessary to make it a bigger deal.”
The Lezama product is very happy to have the confidence of Garitano who continues to select him for the starting lineup. At the same time, the winger isn’t blind to the fact that he has to improve as an attacker.
“I’m very grateful to Gaizka for all the opportunities he’s giving me. I try to respond on the field and take advantage of all the minutes he gives me. I always say that I have to contribute more in positive figures, especially in offensive statistics which are assists and goals. I have to go one step further in those situations. I know it and I’m working for it.”
Athletic’s win over Osasuna last weekend moved the Lions to 5th in the La Liga table, though when asked about the possibility of challenging for Champions League qualification Córdoba made it clear that the team will keep taking it one game at a time. “We are focused on winning the game against Granada,” he responded. “Things that are going well shouldn’t be changed. Despite being newly promoted Granada play very well.”
Iñigo Córdoba will be expected to start on the left side of the attack once again on Sunday when Granada visit San Mamés. A victory could see the Zurigorri climb as high as 4th in the table though Athletic know this will be a very difficult fixture. La Liga has been as competitive as ever this season which makes every single point vitally important.