Jon Bautista enjoys the holidays while launching his new business project. The one from Errenteria has not had the desired prominence but he claims the work of those second unit players who in his opinion have been fundamental for Real to have completed a historic season and everyone can start a rest period with a smile on their lips .
Have you taken the holidays with enthusiasm?
With more enthusiasm than ever because of how we finished, because that fifth place has been a joy for all of us. After winning the Cup, many thought we were going to relax, but we pushed hard and we are very happy seeing the fans happy.
How do you rate the season?
A 9 because you can always improve. But it has been a season. The group has been very good and we have entered the history of the Real, which is said soon. Tomorrow we will realize what we have achieved because we are not yet aware and when one day we tell our children that we won the Copa del Rey, we will be very excited.
It is that they are already part of history. Have they assimilated it?
Cost. You win, you celebrate it but you are not yet aware. Having achieved a degree after so many years, something that for example I had not experienced, is something very great and in a few years we will feel it as an even greater achievement.
So much game, so much demand … Those who have had more prominence have noticed it at the end of the season
What memories do you have of the final?
It was a historic day. I was very nervous and I’m not very nervous, but that day … It was a Cup final and I had never been in such an important final and the truth is that once you hear the initial whistle you get the creeps. It was an unforgettable day for me and for all the Txuri Urdin fans.
They have played 50 games. It is said soon …
It has been a lot of whiplash and a lot of minutes, especially for those who play everything.
Do you get used to that rhythm?
It gets heavy. So much game, so much demand … Those who have had more prominence have noticed it at the end of the season. This is like the routine of those who play European competitions, like the greats and you have to be physically prepared for it because it is a physical exhaustion that later has consequences.
Those of us who have had fewer minutes I think we have been very involved in what we have achieved since we put a lot of pace into training because of that desire to want to play and demonstrate
And for those who, as in your case, play less, is there also a psychological drain?
You always have that degaste, but those of us who have had fewer minutes I think we have been very involved in what we have achieved since we put a lot of rhythm into training because of that desire to want to play and demonstrate. That has made the team always on top. We all want to have more minutes and show what we are worth, but then it is the coach who makes his decisions.
Did you expect to play more?
Honestly yes, although I am very proud and very happy with the minutes I have had because I think I have taken advantage of them. I have had good performances and above all I am very happy because I have contributed to the team and to the objectives.
Are you resigned to being the third forward of the team?
It is what it touches, right? Every year I try to show my worth and I know that I have the trust of all my colleagues and the staff. It is the role that I have played and I will continue working to have more minutes.
Do you value other options for your future?
The truth is that I have not even thought about it. I am on vacation, I want to disconnect and in July I will be in Zubieta. then we’ll see what happens.
You have to be honest and this year the top four have been a step or two above us.
What does Jon Bautista contribute differently from Isak and Carlos Fernández?
I think I’m an area striker. I move very well in that sense, I am a forward who at the first touch can do a lot of damage and it has already been seen this season that the staff has taken me out in games that were very close, with the defense far behind. That is my strong point and where I stand out.
The first four classified have been unattainable. Is this fifth place the roof of the Real?
You never have to set limits. You have to be honest and this year the top four have been a step or two above us. But every year we grow, we improve our football and above all we have a very young squad, very hungry and who knows if next season we can climb that step to be among the top four.
Are you aware of the possible sanction to Barça and Madrid that would open the doors to the Champions League?
Honestly no. I have read something but I am not the best person to talk about it. We wouldn’t say no if it happens.
How many PCRs has been done this season?
Too many. I wouldn’t even know how to tell you. At first more, then mid-season, we start with antigens.
Imanol made public some precautions that he had taken in his day to day. In your case, what have you given up?
During the year I have been little with my friends, with my people and also with the family. I have wanted to isolate myself from the outside. It is something that had to be done out of respect for my teammates, not to cause an outbreak as has happened in other teams and both myself and my teammates have behaved like ten. There is the data.
I don’t know who has more desire if you the fans or us the players because football without the fans is dead
Stadiums with public begin to be seen …
I don’t know who has more desire if you the fans or us the players because football without the fans is dead.
Have you followed the Sanse playoff?
There we were on the bus. I usually go on bus 2 where the numbers 17 go up and there we were all the young people playing the playoff games and trying to see them. They have great merit. Promotion is very difficult, especially for a reserve team and it is a great joy for them, for us and for the club.
Many people want to see Karrikaburu already in the first team. Does it remind you of what you went through when you were in the Sanse?
Yes. When I started, there was also a lot of talk about me. I follow him too. He has scored several goals and I’m happy for him.
Did you feel pressure?
Yes, there is pressure to play and it is what plays in this world. People notice you, expect many things and then you have to measure up. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.
It is not a small jump.
No. It is the elite, you play with people who have a gift and it is not easy.