Bilbao, Dec 30 (EFE) .- The captain of Athletic Club, Iker Muniain, valued the year 2021 as “good, in general lines” for the rojiblanco team and also expressed his “maximum ambition” to start “on the right foot” the next Monday in El Sadar against Osasuna (9:00 p.m.) an “exciting” 2022.
“We started two new competitions, the Cup and the Super Cup, and in a single match we have shown that we are a strong team and that we always perform at a high level. We will try to give that version again that has allowed us to live good experiences these years,” Muniain stressed at the wheel of press that offered in Lezama.
Regarding the year that ends this Friday, he recalled that, after the cessation of Gaizka Garitano and the arrival of Marcelino García Toral, they won the Super Cup “against two very strong rivals”, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, to later qualify for the Cup final , “something that has a lot of merit”.
“Then we had the stick of the two finals, which was very hard for everyone, but despite all the team got up, showed their face and continued competing for Europe until the end although we did not succeed,” he recalled.
Already about the current season, he stressed that “in terms of performance and image” Athletic “is doing many things well and with good feelings” although, he regretted, that “it is not transformed into the results we want.”
“Now for 2022 with the illusion of always and the maximum ambition. We have to focus on the first game, which is very important. They are three very valuable points and we want to start in the best way,” Muniain said about the meeting “quite attractive” Monday in Pamplona, a game “one of those who like to play.”
On the other hand, on a personal level, the Navarrese was “satisfied” with his contribution to the team since he considers that he has taken “a step forward” in the attendance records – add five -, although he admitted that he would “like to increase” his number of goals, which for now is two.
Regarding the lack of offensive efficiency that Athletic suffers from this season -17 goals in 19 games- Muniain admits that it is a facet of the game in which they must improve, but considers that “there is too much noise behind” what they are about ” isolate”.
“We know that if we continue down this path, generating arrivals and chances, in the end what we need will come. It is a matter of continuing to insist and not lose faith. We are aware that there we have to improve, but we are optimistic to achieve it” , he stressed.
The captain also referred to the significant increase in covid cases in society these weeks and that have also affected the Athletic squad with six confirmed so far, that of Marcelino and the footballers Oier Zarraga, Raúl García, Iñigo Lekue, Unai Nuñez and Asier Villalibre.
“Today we have seen that contagions have doubled. We try to take all precautions, but it affects us all,” said the forward, before confessing that every day they arrive at Lezama “is a constant uncertainty” despite the fact that they continue ” all protocols marked “.
“We are fortunate to be able to get tested every day and, although when we go out we try to be responsible, it is so widespread that it is difficult to control. The important thing is that most are well and no serious things happen. You have to take care of yourself, that’s what that touches, “he recalled.