Aritz Aduriz “We Are A Little Tired Of Seeing Barcelona And Real Madrid Win Everything”
In just a few months Aritz Aduriz will be hanging up his boots. The striker announced in August that he would be retiring at the end of the season and Athletic are determined to make it a year that will never be forgotten. Because of his incredible career and the example of professionalism and humility, Aduriz was given the Antonin de Honor award by Revista Panenka on Monday and spoke about his desire to win the Copa del Rey.
“I’ve been fantasizing about this for a long time,” Aduriz said during the interview. “At the beginning it was a fantasy and it may be that it’s closer now, although it’s very difficult. Hopefully we can move a little closer in the next match. We will fight for it. Imagine leaving football by winning a title. It’s anyone’s dream. Taking out La Gabarra would be magical.”
The changes to the Cup format have allowed for more surprise results and bigger teams being eliminated. If Athletic were to win the title, Aduriz says the alterations wouldn’t take anything away from the magnitude of lifting the trophy.
“Eliminating Barcelona is incredible. Imagine doing it at the last minute to get into the semifinal. The new format does give the results lesser value, it’s the other way around. It gives it more valued. We are a little tired of seeing Barcelona and Real Madrid win everything. It’s nice to see competitions with more dynamism. This is a format that everyone should enjoy.”
Aduriz has seen a lot throughout his career. Having turned 39-years-old today, he’s seen the game change in major ways with the introduction of VAR being the most recent addition. Unlike some, Aduriz doesn’t mind the technology.
“I love VAR. It’s clear that there are things to improve. It’s new and it will evolve, but there is more success than failures. It makes me more calm on the field. Technology must be used for good. There may be mistakes, but they are sure to be solved and it will improve little by little.”
Athletic will host Granada at San Mamés on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals. The Zurigorri are confident that they can advance to the final where they would meet either Real Sociedad or Mirandés with the chance to win a 25th Cup title and the first since 1984.