Yeray “Giving Up On The Game Would Be Shaming The Shield That We Defend”
Athletic have been one of the strongest defensive teams since Gaizka Garitano took over as manager, but Sunday’s loss to Real Betis was an abysmal performance. The Zurigorri conceded three goals in the opening 20 minutes and struggled to deal with a very impressive Real Betis attack.
“At the start we weren’t able to pressure well and Betis took advantage of it,” Yeray told reporters after the game. “We were out of position, unorganized, and to put it one way we were vaccinated with the three goals because of our mistakes. In the second half organization and pressure helped us although we didn’t create all the chances we wanted.”
Despite the poor start, Athletic were much better in the second half and were one goal away form stealing a point. The Lions refused to quit and Yeray says that he is very proud of the players fought until the end.
“We tried to turn it around. We weren’t successful, but I’m left with pride in the team. We couldn’t give up when it was 3-0 because giving up on the game would be shaming the shield that we defend. We had to try to show our face. We weren’t successful but we can be proud.”
Athletic will have an opportunity rebound from the defeat on Saturday when they host Eibar at San Mamés for what will be a huge Basque Derby. The Lions now sit 6th in the table in what has been a highly competitive La Liga season.