Iñaki Williams “Our Morale Is Through The Clouds, But Our Feet Are On The Ground”
Iñaki Williams may not have scored a goal in Athletic’s 2-0 win on Sunday but the forward was a constant threat for the Granada defense. Playing on the right wing once again, Williams used his pace to pull opponents out of position and nearly set up a number of chances. The Lions, who have now won three straight games, climbed into 4th place in the La Liga table and have firmly planted their flag in the race for European qualification.
“Our morale is through the clouds, but our feet are on the ground,” Williams told Athletic TV after the game. “The team is very confident. We are in the European positions, which is what we want, but everything has to go game by game. We defend as a group, as eleven players. We feel very comfortable and so we will achieve great things.”
Granada were certainly a difficult opponent for Athletic and had several chances to possibly level the score. “They took advantage when we lost the ball because we weren’t precise, but then we looked for the spaces on the wings and that’s where our best chances came from,” Williams explained. “They pressed us, but we knew how to counter it and we deserved the victory.”
There was some drama with Athletic’s first goal as Raúl García was shoved to the ground after the Granada goalkeeper had already claimed a loose ball. “Football is constant,” Williams explained. “It was a play where they had the ball under control but the defender gave Raúl a shove and he fell. It’s not common but the referee saw it clearly. It’s a little unfortunate because it’s difficult for a goalkeeper to stop a penalty, but this is football and I’m not the one who sets the rules.”
Iñaki Williams also shared a special moment with Carmelo Cedrún before the game. Cedrún previously held the club record with 132 consecutive league games played before Williams surpassed him last weekend. The pair were awarded medals to commemorate their achievements. “It was very emotional for Carmelo to give me the award. I’m very proud of what I have been doing.”