Marcelino has recognized the superiority of Elche today in Martínez Valero especially in the second period. “He has been better than us. In the first half the game was even, a mistake in a throw-in cost us a goal, and in the second they were superior. We must congratulate Elche for the victory and for having been saved ”, said the rojiblanco coach.
The Asturian added that now we have to enjoy the holidays to return in the preseason with renewed strength “and be as high as possible in the League 21-22 and be more competitive than this season.”
Athletic ended the season with three defeats in a row, but the Spaniard does not consider that the end of one year could influence the next. “If I thought like that, I wouldn’t start training. Sure there will be changes in the squad and we will start working with the same illusion of winning the first game in mid-August ”, he said.
“In the last three games we haven’t scored a goal. We would have liked to win, but this final stage of the competition was very tough. It has had its influence that we missed points in the last minutes in several games, together with the lost finals. Presumably, next season we will not have six or seven casualties and three or four players touched. I do not attach any importance to the fact that the end of this season may have an influence on the next. They are two different things ”, he added.
The coach has put a note on the season: “It depends on the competition. Matriculation of honor to the Super Cup, notable in the Cup, in which we reached another final but we cannot put more because we did not win, and insufficient in the League ”.
The coach has valued the title achieved as soon as he arrived. “We beat Real Madrid and Barça. It is a fact to value. We have the great disappointment of not having won either of the two Cup finals. The valuation and performance in the League has been insufficient, it is obvious that we must modify the dynamics of results in this tournament, it is what makes it a competitive team and what takes you to a good position at the national level ”, he stated.