Oihan Sancet “Helping The Team With A Goal Gives Me A Lot Of Pride”
Athletic’s 3-1 win over Mallorca on Saturday was a massive result and a special game for Oihan Sancet. Following an exceptional performance against Barcelona, Sancet was once again included in the starting lineup and scored his first goal in the 24th minute to help lead the team to victory.
“I’m happy because we got the three points, which was what we were looking for to continue in the fight for Europe,” Sancet said after the game. “When I saw the ball go in I thought of my many years of work, of fighting for this and waiting for it. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Being able to score and help the team makes me very happy. Helping the team with a goal gives me a lot of pride.”
The Basques dominated Mallorca for most of the game, but after conceding a penalty in the second half Athletic were put under pressure. Sancet admitted that it wasn’t as easy as the score suggested.
“Mallorca were playing well. They’re fighting for permanence and they had to win no matter what. We knew that they were going to make it difficult for us, that they were never going to give up and that’s how the game was. We’re very happy to win today and continue in the fight for Europe.”
Now Athletic will begin preparing for a grueling run of games starting with Wednesday’s trip to Valencia followed by welcoming Real Madrid at San Mamés. “The calendar is what it is,” said Sancet. “We have to go game by game and try to win as many as we can.” With Saturday’s win Athletic are now just two points off of Europe.