Unai López “These Are Three Very Important Points For Us”
Unai López put in another impressive performance on Saturday as Athletic defeated Mallorca 3-1 at San Mamés. The midfielder pulled the strings in midfielder and assists Oihan Sancet’s goal in the first half while also contributing well defensively. López seems to have found his rhythm in the team since the season returned and will be important in the final six games.
“We’re happy for the victory,” López told AthleticTV after the match. “Getting three points at home, especially against a great team that played well, is very good. These are three very important points for us and thank God they’re staying here.”
Despite Athletic’s excellent performance the win didn’t come easily. Mallorca scored from a penalty in the second half and put the Basques under pressure until Asier Villalibre put the game away.
“We scored two fairly fast goals but Mallorca reacted well. We had a stretch where we were uncomfortable. The five changes were noticed. Freshness was added and we were able to score a third goal to end the game.”
Following the win over Mallorca, Athletic will now being preparing for Wednesday’s trip to Valencia before hosting Real Madrid next weekend.
“Now we have three complicated games. There are six games left and they will all be very difficult. We’re playing for Europe so we have to go to Valencia to score and try to win there. We’re in the fight for Europe which is what we wanted.”
The Lions have moved within two points of Europe and will need to continue winning games to seriously challenge for a top seven finish. Taking home all three points from Mestalla would be a massive result and could have an incredible impact on the table.