Yuri Berchiche has answered #FromHome to all the questions that both supporters and the media posed to him through the different social networks of Athletic Club. Given the impossibility of a regular training session, the red-and-white wing player focused on the bright side of the current situation: ‘The team is getting ready to come back strong or even better than we were. Nobody likes this break, but it’s a break to refresh our legs and head after all the minutes we’ve had. I do miss training and spending mornings in Lezama, with the good atmosphere we have there’.
Many people asked him about his goal against Granada at the Copa tournament, to which the player from Zarauz replied: ‘It’s the most important goal I’ve ever scored, there’s no doubt about that. It’s the happiest and most joyful moment I’ve ever had in football. It’s not easy for a club like Athletic, with its philosophy, to reach a final. It’s incredible to be able to play with people from back home and that goal was good for that’.
Yuri has not hidden his desire to play the final: ‘I have it written down in red on the calendar and I don’t want to miss it at all. I hope we can play it with the supporters of both teams. That’s the beauty of football and it’s a historic occasion for the Basque Country. It would be very unfair if it didn’t get played’.
As for his current role in the team, the red-and-white stressed that he feels very comfortable in the dressing room: ‘Everything is about adapting. I came from a team where the game was totally different from here and that takes time. I’ve said it once before: my second years are usually better than my first, and this year I feel very good and very comfortable with my team-mates’.
Finally, Yuri added that ‘beyond football, the most important thing is health. I’d also like to thank all those who are doing their bit to help us get back to what we were before. There are very good people around us.’
INSIDE I Athletic Club – Real Madrid
Enjoy the images of the match between lions and whites
Work schedule until July 12
The first team of Athletic Club has the following work schedule planned until July 12, subject to last-minute changes
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Athletic’s number 10 recognises the value of a well-played game as they are “keeping up a good pace”, having now the upcoming clash against Sevilla in view: “Each point is precious”
“A very close match whose result was decided due to a small detail”
Gaizka Garitano expresses his disappointment for coming out empty-handed after a “very close match” and values the huge effort put in by his footballers
Painful defeat agaist Real Madrid
Athletic deserve to get a point as rivals pick up three points after Dani García’s disputed penalty on Marcelo
Medical update on Yeray Álvarez
The red-and-white defender suffered a twinge of pain in his right soleus muscle
Confirmed lineups: Athletic Club – Real Madrid
Check the starting lineups for the match corresponding to Matchday 34 in LaLiga
Matchday squad for the match against Real Madrid
Gaizka Garitano has selected 23 players for tomorrow’s match at San Mamés (Sunday 2.00 p.m.) in the 34th matchweek in LaLiga Santander
Garitano: “Every match is a final”
Athletic Club’s manager says “aiming to win the greatest team in LaLiga is a beautiful challenge”
Rivals by country: ITALY
AC Milan, rivals in the final of the 1956 Latin Cup. Today, 64 years ago, AC Milan became the first Italian rival, the first one of a total of 20 Italian clubs that Athletic Club has faced throughout its history