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Yuri: ‘Beyond football, health is the most important thing’

The red-and-white defender answered #FromHome to all questions asked by supporters and the media

Yuri: ‘Beyond football, health is the most important thing’
Yuri: ‘Beyond football, health is the most important thing’
Mar 23, 2020

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.’

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