Aitor Elizegi “We Will Celebrate That Basque Football Is Strong And Healthy”
It’s been just over one year since Aitor Elizegi was voted in as the president of Athletic and on Thursday night he celebrated the club’s biggest moment yet under his tenure. With a late goal from Yuri Berchiche the Lions booked their place in the Copa del Rey final and will face Real Sociedad at La Cartuja on 18 April. History will be written with this being the first time the two Basque sides have met in the Cup final.
“It will be a Basque Derby in which we will celebrate that Basque football is strong and healthy,” Elizegi told El Larguero after the match. “The Basque final is going to be an example, an example from fans of both teams of how to enjoy a football party.”
Elizegi has given his full support to Gaizka Garitano on multiple occasions and praised the manager for leading the team to the final. Athletic now have the opportunity to win the club’s first Cup title since 1984.
“The team hasn’t given up or stopped believing all season. That’s how it was again tonight. Gaizka has given us air and oxygen for our lungs again. We are on the road to continue growing. Nobody manages to play against Athletic without suffering. We have been trying to approach a title for 36 years and we are on that road, but there is a lot left. Gaizka has made us all believe.”
The Copa del Rey final will be a celebration of Basque football and culture, but for the two teams the only acceptable result is victory. Athletic dream of taking out La Gabarra and adding a 25th Cup title to the trophy cabinet.