Gaizka Garitano “When I Lose I Don’t Like To Make Excuses”
Gaizka Garitano didn’t have much to say following Athletic’s 2-1 loss to Sevilla on Thursday night. The Lions led for most of the game but gave up two quick goals in the second half and were denied a clear penalty in the final minutes. Athletic could have taken all three points, but instead came away with nothing.
“When I lose I don’t like to make excuses, but everyone saw what happened,” Garitano told reporters after the game. “There are no excuses because Sevilla won with a great team, but there has been a clear lack of fairness in the end. Iñigo was grabbed and pulled to the ground, it’s a clear penalty.”
Because of the controversy Garitano had a hard time analyzing the game. Sevilla’s second goal was also questionable as Ander Capa appeared to be fouled in the buildup.
“The game came down to two or three plays. On their second goal there was a very clear foul on Ander that kept him on the ground and kept it onside. When there are three very controversial plays that end in goals, they mark the game a lot and it’s difficult to analyze it.”
Aside from the drama, Garitano says Athletic had the game under control. The Basques had a big chance to pick up an important win, but in the end that wouldn’t be the case.
“Sevilla started the game better. They’re a team of incredible potential and it’s difficult to contain them. We started better in the second half and the team competed well. We had a couple of chances with Iker and the other with Córdoba, and Simón had to make some clear saves. I think we had the game under control until those three minutes where they scored against us twice. We were comfortable and the game was going according to our plan.”
Having lost to Sevilla, Athletic will now turn their attention to Sunday’s trip to Levante. Garitano’s side will likely need to win their remaining three games to have a chance at qualifying for Europe.
“The team will continue competing because this team never gives up. We will try to win the rest of our games starting with Levante. We aren’t giving up. I’m happy with the work of the players.”
Garitano finished the interview by giving an update on Yuri Berchiche who left the game early in the second half with an apparent muscle injury. “He’s having groin problems,” said the manager. “He’s had discomfort for a month, but hopefully it’s nothing.” Berchiche could miss the trip to Levante along with Dani García who will be suspended after picking up a yellow card against Sevilla.