Andoni Goikoetxea “San Mamés Is A Magical Field Where Anything Can Happen”
Legendary Athletic defender Andoni Goikoetxea represented the club during Friday’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal draw as part of his role as Ambassador. After wins over Intercity, Sestao River, Elche, and Tenerife the Lions will host Barcelona at San Mamés on Thursday. The winner will advance to the semifinals and one step closer to a possible title.
“I like the match,” Goikoetxea said after the draw. “A quarterfinal at San Mamés says it all. I was looking forward to playing at San Mamés because so far Athletic has only played on the road and suffered a lot in Elche and Tenerife. It’s going to be a party. Athletic has many aspirations to reach the Cup final, but you have to play against all the big teams to make it that far.”
Barcelona may be the favorites to advance, but Goikoetxea is confident that Athletic can win the match. “Barcelona will be very difficult to knockout, very difficult, but I like it. The game is at San Mamés and we’ll see what happens. Athletic can beat anyone at San Mamés. It’s a magical field where anything can happen.” Before hosting Barcelona, Athletic will first welcome Getafe to the Cathedral on Sunday where three important points will be on the line.