Dani García “We Have To Take It One Game At A Time”
Football will finally return to Spain next month. Barring any unforeseen issues, La Liga will resume matches in early June and teams now have a light at the end of the tunnel as they continue training. On Monday Athletic were allowed to begin working in groups of 14, although Dani García isn’t certain that there will be enough time to get into proper shape before the first game.
“I’ve been very tired when I get home each day and these past weeks my legs have quite heavy, but I’m excited,” the midfielder told Cope Bilbao. “These annoyances are typical of preseason and right now we’re having to get ready in less time. This scenario is very different. I don’t know if these two weeks will be enough.”
When the season does restart Athletic’s first game will be against Atlético Madrid at San Mamés. When it comes to playing Diego Simeone’s side, García knows exactly what to expect.
“We know that we will play against Atlético. They have strong preseasons and they will arrive at the first game in good condition. We expect them to come to San Mamés flying so we have to be fully prepared. We have to take it one game at a time and see how far we can go.”
Normally, playing at San Mamés would give Athletic a significant advantage, but that won’t be the case this time. “Playing in an empty stadium will be different,” said García. With just eleven games remaining, Athletic aim to finish in the top seven of the La Liga table to qualify for Europe.