Gaizka Garitano, coach of the Athletic, consider that quarries of the rojiblanco club and Real Sociedad are “by far the best two in LaLiga” and that both teams are “where more opportunities have” the players trained in their lower categories.
“We are the ones who bet the most on home players and where they work best. We are both doing things well, “said the Basque coach at the telematic press conference prior to the Basque derby that will face both teams tomorrow, Thursday, in San Mamés.
Garitano added that, due to its “different philosophy”, the ‘txuri urdin’ club “from the midfield forward” has been reinforced with “international and high-level players”, but stressed that both give “a lot of space to the young ».
He admitted, on the other hand, that this duel “is not just another match” for both clubs and that is why “what happens is always magnified” and reduced the importance of the nine-game winless streak accumulated by the San Sebastian team before visiting ‘La Catedral’.
“I have seen all their games and their performance is practically the same as when they won. They are fine and have been able to achieve better results, but There is a lot of equality for everyone and it depends on small details that you take a winning streak or another that you do not win », reflected who in his time as a footballer was a Real player.
Garitano also expressed his “respect” for “one of the best teams in LaLiga right now” and is aware that they will have to “give a good version to win” a match “of the kind that everyone wants to play.” We are optimistic. We have trained well this week and everyone is ready and eager », he added.
«Against more combinative teams we have achieved better results, but we depend more on ourselves than on the rival. If we are good, the rival suffers. This rival is good and we will have to be good. We are not, like them, a team that speculates or wait, “he added.
On the other hand, questioned about the presence in the call for the second consecutive day of Nico Williams, the coach stressed that Iñaki’s younger brother “is having good performances at Bilbao Athletic” and is convinced that “tomorrow he will be at the first team”.
“It is close, but there are others who have just made it to the first team and are ahead. You will have to wait for your turn, but having you around and experiencing these situations is part of our job. Looking ahead to tomorrow or today, who can be part of this game if we think it is convenient, “he explained.
Finally, and as a brief balance of the year, Garitano highlighted that Athletic has “had ups and downs, but it has always been competitive” and he recalled that they have qualified for the Cup final, although pending, which has given them the option in addition to playing the Super Cup next January.
“It has been difficult for us to catch a long streak of good results and we have given one of lime and another of sand, but we have always been competitive,” he said before expressing his “concern” and “solidarity with people who are suffering and having a hard time” because of the pandemic.
“It has been difficult for everyone, on a sporting level for the club and socially for the fans who are in difficulties and who have lost their jobs. It is something that worries all of us who live here, “he added.
Yeray misses the derby due to a muscle injury
The rojiblanco defender Yeray Álvarez will cause a loss in the Basque derby that will face the rojiblanco team with Real Sociedad this Thursday in San Mamés due to a muscle injury, as confirmed by the Bilbao entity.
The medical report issued by Athletic details that the Biscayan center-back has an injury “of a moderate nature in the internal calf muscle of the right leg” that will prevent him from being called up for the duel against the San Sebastian team with which both teams will close the year.
The availability of the footballer from this meeting “will depend on the evolution that he presents in the next few days”, although in view of the degree of the injury, everything indicates that the defender will also miss the next two games against Elche, the Sunday January 3, and FC Barcelona, on Wednesday 6.
Unai Núñez is emerging as Yeray’s replacement in the starting eleven that the coach, Gaizka Garitano, will present to Real Sociedad.