So much Marcelino as the footballers themselves have recognized the blow that lost the two Cup finals against Real Sociedad and Barça. After being thrashed in the last 0-4, the lions have regained their competitiveness with two draws against Betis and Valladolid and two prestigious victories against the Atlético leader and on Monday against Sevilla.
“Everyone knows that we have had phases in which we have had a regular time, losing the two finals were two very hard blows, but you have to get up and learn from mistakes. We knew there was a League left and we were going to have options to show the level that we could have achieved in the two finals. The right thing is to look ahead, learn from mistakes and improve so that the finals does not happen. We have to keep working, give the best version of ourselves, finish as high as possible and work to the maximum to have the opportunity to get to these appointments ”, Unai Nuñez said in the telematic press conference that he offered from Lezama before starting the training.
The next challenge is to defeat Osasuna on Saturday to achieve two consecutive victories in LaLiga for the first time in the 2020-21 season after the one against the Andalusians. “It is something that the whole team has in mind. We will work to achieve it. You have to go game by game, there are four days left. You have to win as much as possible to be as high as possible ”, added the center-back.
Athletic has placed six points behind the seventh place that allows it to play European competition next season, specifically the newly created Conference League. It seems mission impossible when there are only twelve points left to play. The Portuguese know that it is difficult, but as long as the mathematics does not say otherwise… “Everyone knows that it is complicated, but we are Athletic. We are going to fight until the end and fight for all the possibilities of entering Europe ”, added the defender.
The rojiblanco team has defeated Atlético and Sevilla in the League and Barça and Real Madrid in the Super Cup, but they have lost many against lesser rivals, something that has weighed down the team’s European options. What is the explanation ?: “Each game is different, maybe in big games there is a little more motivation, but you have to compete at the highest level in all games and be more regular. Fight against all teams at the same level ”.