Yuri Berchiche “If We Want To Finish High This Is The Line We Have To Follow”
Yuri Berchiche was outstanding once again on Sunday as Athletic defeated Granada 2-0 at San Mamés. The left-back was a constant problem for the visitors and scored the second goal to ensure the Lions would keep all three points in Bilbao. It was just the third goal that Berchiche has scored for Athletic and he celebrated it with passion as the Cathedral roared.
“Since I usually don’t score a lot of goals so it’s a huge joy,” Berchiche told Athletic TV after the game. “All credit goes to the ball that Unai López gave me. It was an important goal for the team because it gave us a lot of peace. I expect more goals to come. I’m happy with the victory and for the three points to stay home. We beat an opponent that is very, very strong. We have been a strong team at home and very difficult to beat.”
Once again Athletic’s excellent defending played a significant role in the final result. “They started better than us but they didn’t create excessive problems,” Berchiche shared. “I don’t know if they knocked on the door once or twice, but the only clear opportunity was the free kick that Unai (Simón) saved. Raúl’s penalty gave us peace of mine and the second goal definitely killed the game. In general, the team played a good game.”
The win over Granada lifted Athletic to 4th in the La Liga table and the Lions are serious about challenging for European qualification. “If we want to finish high this is the line we have to follow,” continued Berchiche. “Those above us don’t drop many points and this is a complicated league. We have the keep the same ambition with which we went to El Sadar. We now face a game where Betis will make things difficult for us.”
The trip to the Benito Villamarín will be another difficult challenge for the Lions who have only won on the road once this season. That being said, Athletic have been in outstanding form over the past month and will travel to Real Betis full of confidence as they look to secure another important three points.