Ander Capa “The Goal Is Always The Next Game”
Ander Capa has been arguably the best right-back in La Liga this season but put in his worst performance of the campaign in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Osasuna. It was an uncharacteristic showing from the 27-year-old, though Capa prefers to focus on the fact that Athletic finally secured their first win away from home.
“We are in the clouds,” Capa told reports in Friday’s press conference. “We had not won away for a long time and those three points have given us very high morale. I don’t know if obsessed is the word, but we’ve been listening to the criticism that we weren’t winning on the road and that the style isn’t very colorful…but we have continued at our pace and trying to do things right. We knew the first win was going to come.”
Athletic’s five-game winless streak now feels like a thing of the past. The Lions are unbeaten in their last four matches, with three wins, and Capa explained that the recent success has come because the team has been dedicated to their style of football.
“There’s no key, we are the same players. Sometimes we have too much confidence or relax, but we try to do what we know. The truth is what we show ourselves every weekend. We go out to play our game and keep the fans happy, which is the main thing. Set pieces have always been an area where Athletic have scored goals and earned points. We are emphasizing it and improving.”
Through the opening 14 games of the season Athletic have conceded just 9 goals, tied with Atlético Madrid for the fewest in the league. “It’s a fact that something is being done well, that we do what the Mister transmits perfectly,” Capa said confidently. “It must also be said that Unai Simón has been huge.”
Athletic currently sit 5th in the La Liga table and could climb as high as 4th with a win on Sunday. When asked if qualifying fo Europe is the goal this year Capa reiterated that the team isn’t looking too far ahead. “The goal is always the next game, the three points,” he responded. “When the first half of the season ends you can look at the points and set goals. Hopefully we will be able to compete for the Champions League or Europa League.”
In closing, Capa gave his thoughts on Sunday’s opponent, saying that Granada have proven that they are one of the strongest teams in the Primera. Still, the right back is confident that Athletic can get a positive result at home where the Lions have played great football this year.
“Granada are a newly promoted team, but they are strong in attack and have tall players. They have been proving that they are a good team. They’ve been the leaders and there’s nothing more to say because they have remained high in the table. Our goal is to go to San Mamés on Sunday and get three points.”
Granada have been a very difficult side to play against this season and will be a strong test for Athletic at San Mamés. With Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz both ruled out with injuries, other players will have to step up for the Zurigorri to take all three points and continue climbing the table.