Raúl García “The Most Important Thing Was To Win And Stay In The Top Positions.”
Raúl García turned 34 yesterday and celebrated his birthday in style. Today the forward scored both goals as Athletic defeated Levante 2-0 to take all three points at Ciutat de València. García has been in sensation form since the restart and leads Athletic with 15 goals this season.
“I’m very satisfied,” García told reporters after the game. “The objective was to win and we’ve done that. We’re fighting for our goals and I’m happy to score because it’s helping the team win. All goals mean the same to me. I set challenges for myself and I’m always trying to improve. I always say what I want most is for the team to win. The most important thing was to win and stay in the top positions.”
The win over Levante lifted Athletic to seventh in the La Liga table. It will likely take the Basques winning the last two games of the season to qualify for Europe, but García made it clear that’s exactly what the team intends to do.
“The team wants to fight for Europe and it was very important to win this game. We came from two games in which there were some strange things which didn’t allow us to do what we wanted. We’re plugged in to achieve our goal. If we get the six remaining points we should be there.”
Athletic will be back at San Mamés on Thursday night to host Leganés in another must-win game. With fatigue growing, the players will face more challenges ahead.
“The first thing to do now is recover because playing these schedules is crazy. There’s a lot of wear and tear because we’re playing in extreme heat. It’s an unnecessary risk. We’re not looking at anyone else’s games, but we’re just focused on ourselves and trying to get six points in the next games.”
Gaizka Garitano’s side managed a great performance against Levante with four starters out of the lineup. The team will be hoping for a similar showing on Thursday night to secure another vital three points and keep pace in the race for Europe.