Today’s draw against Valladolid completely dislodges Athletic from fighting for seventh place in Europe, something that was already very complicated. Even so, Marcelino he will not use these five remaining games to prepare for the next season. “I refuse that. We have to score as many points as possible, be solvent in each game and put ambition to win. Today we have. The preseason starts in July. Now our obligation is to compete in each match at the highest level to win it. I am very satisfied with the performance and the game of the team ”, said the coach in the press room of San Mamés.
The team has returned to let two points escape as has happened on other occasions, but the Asturian has been satisfied with the performance of his players. “There is no way to add two consecutive victories, but I have nothing to reproach the team, we played a good game in general, the two goals were not big errors. The team started well, they had chances to have won and it is a shame not to have closed the game ”, he said.
“The team does not let go, it competes, it generates game, pressure, we have done many things well today to win, but it was not enough. We put attitude and his goalkeeper has been outstanding. We have missed a victory that these footballers deserved with their work on the field ”, he added.
Marcelino has also referred to Nico
Williams, which today debuted as a lion. “It was foreseeable that the effort made by the two wing players against Atlético would weigh on them. We incorporate Nico. We all believe in him. It is a matter of time, you have to give your talent time to bring ambition, work and effort. We are delighted that young people appear, open the door and we can help them in their progression, “he said.
The coach has also praised the work of Black pudding, Sancet Y Villalibre. “We came from a great effort in three days. It must be borne in mind that young people in addition to physical wear and tear have more mental wear and tear than established footballers. Today they played well, I am satisfied. We will always try to be fair to the players ”.