Iker Muniain “It Was A Hard Defeat”

Iker Muniain Getafe

Iker Muniain admits the loss to Getafe was difficult to accept (AC)

Athletic’s 2-0 loss to Getafe on Sunday might just be the most disappointing result of the season thus far. A win would have taken the Lions into the European zone of the table, but instead the defeat extended the team’s winless streak to seven straight league games. After the match, captain Iker Muniain spoke to the media and admitted the result was difficult to accept.

“It was a hard defeat. Getafe were superior and it’s always disappointing to lose to a direct rival. A win would have put us fully in the places above. We tried to go out and dominate, to move them from one side to another and create clear chances from passes and crosses into the box, but it was difficult. Their first goal did a lot of damage and the penalty essentially ended the game.”

The Basques were unable to string many passes together which affected the team’s ability to create chances. “We knew that they had veteran players who were very good at disrupting play,” explained Muniain. “We wanted to have rhythm, fluidity, but there were so many stoppages. Players would go to the ground and waste time which slows you down. The referee was good in general.”

The past month has been busy with Athletic normally playing every three to four days. Fatigue has been an issue, though Muniain refused to blame tired legs for the defeat. Looking ahead, the captain says Athletic must get better results to stay in the fight for Europe.

“We’ve played a lot of minutes over the last weeks, but I have seen the team in good shape. It’s not an excuse. There is still a lot of games left to play and will have to play against many opponents who are above us. Next weekend we will have a nice opportunity against La Real. There’s much left to do to get back into the European positions and we can never neglect the league.”

Athletic will have a great opportunity to pick up three points next weekend when visiting Real Sociedad, but the team can’t look that far ahead. On Sunday the Basques will welcome Barcelona to San Mamés with the winner advancing to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.

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