Yeray “With The Red Card Everything Became More Difficult”

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Yeray made a surprise return to the lineup against Leganés (AC)

Yeray made a shock return to the lineup on Thursday night at San Mamés. The defender had originally been ruled out for the season following a calf injury against Real Madrid, but recovered in time to make the team for the pivotal match against Leganés. Unfortunately, the game wouldn’t go as planned as Athletic were beaten 2-0 after Unai Simón was shown an early red card.

“I had already said goodbye to the season,” Yeray explained after the game. “The team was lacking players and they gave me the option to choose whether or not to play and I wanted to try it. The objective was to get three points and help the team. We weren’t successful, but I’m happy that there was no injury or relapse.”

Playing with ten men for over an hour was grueling. For the most part Athletic did well, but were unable to create any real chances going forward. By the end of the game the Lions opened up play in search of a goal which gave Leganés the opportunity to take control.

“With these games just a few days apart and all the running we’ve have to do, it was a long game and that was seen. We tried to have a little more of the ball than usual. I think we succeeded, but we had practically no clear opportunities. We tried to strike from the wings because we thought that was where we would have more space, but Leganés defended well and can only be congratulated.”

Simón’s early red card changed everything. “The approach to the game was clear,” said Yeray. “We were going to try to have the ball and control the match. With the red card everything became more difficult. We lacked the players up front because were there crosses, but no chances. Playing with one less player shows.”

The loss to Leganés knocked Athletic out of the race for Europe with one game left to play. On Sunday the Lions will be back in action as they close out the season with a trip to Granada in hopes of ending the year with a positive result.

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