Dani García “This Win Will Be Very Good For Us, Especially To Gain Confidence”

Dani García believes the win over Eibar will give Athletic a much-needed boost (AC)

Having spent several seasons as the Eibar captain, returning to Ipurua is always special for Dani García. On Sunday the 30-year-old faced his former club and played an important role as Athletic won 2-1 in the first Basque Derby of the season.

“We came from a bad start, from a bad end to last year, and I think this win will be very good for us, especially to gain confidence,” García said after the game. “These two weeks after losing in Granada we have been working very well. The team is moving up and I think this is the way to go.”

Athletic were prepared for Eibar’s press and looked to capitalize on mistakes in the final third. García emphasized the team’s ability to counter attack as a key factor in the victory.

“There were many disputes and every time we stole the ball we tried to attack fast. Both Morcillo and Williams were good in the first half with their speed. I think we were very good. The team worked well, we were intense without the ball, and I think we were better with the ball than in Granada.”

Sunday’s match was the second time García has played at Ipurua without fans in the stands. “Playing at Ipurua is always special, but being in an empty stadium here and at San Mamés isn’t the shame,” he said. “It shows and it’s a shame to see the field like this. I’d like to see football return with fans soon.”

Athletic have played two games on the road to start the season but will finally take the field at San Mamés later this week against Cadíz. “On Thursday we have another battle, we have to start well at home and be strong like last year,” García concluded. A win at the Cathedral could be enough for Athletic to climb into the top half of the La Liga table.

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