Ander Capa “It Seems That VAR Always Harms Us”
Athletic suffered a third straight defeat in league play on Sunday as the Lions fell 1-0 to Osasuna at San Mamés. The story was much the same from recent weeks. Athletic were the better side, hitting the post twice and forcing a handful of saves, but there was no reward for the effort.
“It was difficult for us to find the final ball in the area and we continued trying in the second half,” Ander Capa said after the game. “We hid the post twice and the goalkeeper saved the other chances that we had. Their only moment of danger came from a dead ball. A draw would have been better.”
There was a moment of drama in the second half when Iñaki William tried a back heel which struck the arm of a defender. The referee didn’t award a penalty and the decision wasn’t overturned by VAR. Capa was frustrated by the ordeal.
“I’ve seen the play on social media, that someone’s hand hit the ball when Williams tried a pass with his heel, and I don’t understand anything. It seems that VAR always harms us. The other day an offside was given on my goal because of where Williams was standing and today they don’t call anything. We see those imagines and it’s clear. I don’t know what VAR is for.”
Having now gone nine straight league games without a victory, Capa admitted that it weighs on the players. Despite the poor results Athletic haven’t given up on qualifying for Europe.
“We are emotionally drained. We’ve gone nine days without adding three points, the last three being losses, and we have to change the results. We will go to Alavés next weekend hoping to start there. There are still many games left and we can turn it around. We also have the chance of qualifying for Europe by winning the Cup.”
Athletic will have the chance to finally end their winless streak next Sunday when the Zurigorri travel to Mendizorrotza for a Basque Derby against Alavés. For the first time in over a month the team will have the entire week to prepare for the match and will be eager to finally secure a victory and start looking up the table.