Ibai Gómez “If Any Team Deserved To Take All Three Points In The Second Half It Was Us”
Ibai Gómez made a huge impact when he came on against Eibar at the start of the second half. The winger had a one-on-one short saved by the goalkeeper and later scored from a cross only to see the goal overturned after a VAR review. In the end, Athletic were unable to break the deadlock as the game ended in a scoreless draw but there was no denying the fact that Gómez’s entrance changed the game.
“I think I’ve done well, but the goalkeeper made a good save,” Gómez told reporters after the game. “It was a shame because the goal would have been worth three points. I want to reopen my account again with Athletic.”
Gómez recognizes that Athletic had opportunities to win the game at San Mamés. “The result is disappointing because we always demand the most,” he continued. “When you have a chance and fail, even if you’ve done well, it’s hard to sleep. The first half was a game that suited them, but if any team deserved to take all three points in the second half it was us.”
Mikel San José agreed with Gómez’s assessment that Athletic deserved something from their second half performance. “At the end of the match we were better than them but not enough to win the game,” said the midfielder. San José was arguably Athletic’s best player in the first half and had a chance to score in the final minutes which would have won the game.
After picking up just one point in their last two games Athletic will travel to Real Madrid and Sevilla in their next league games. Gómez isn’t convinced that the upcoming fixtures will decide the season and refuses to think too far ahead.
“It’s still too soon to look at the long term. This is a long season and not just the two games we have in front of us. The team is having a good season and there is still a lot left to play. On Tuesday we will start a competition that generates a lot of excitement and it won’t be easy because it’s a single game away from home.”
It’s been a challenging season for Gómez who has mainly featured as a substitute in games. “It’s not easy to play from time to time,” he admitted. “Sometimes you play then go two games without plating and then come on for thirty minutes. I accept the competition, it’s good for the team. With how difficult it is to contribute in a small amount of time I’m happy with what I have done today.”
Saturday’s result dropped Athletic to 7th in the La Liga table but the Lions could fall further depending on the rest of the weekend’s fixtures. The upcoming games against Real Madrid and Sevilla will be a major obstacle for Athletic to overcome, but first the Zurigorri will travel to face off with Intercity on Tuesday in the first round of the Copa del Rey.