Athletic Club manager Marcelino García Toral believes the Lions’ performance in their 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad in LaLiga Santander will be a big pyschological boost going forward.
The Rojiblancos took the lead five minutes from time thanks to an Asier Villalibre header, but Roberto López caught Unai Simón off-guard to rescue a point for the home side.
“We’ve taken a big step forward,” Marcelino said during his post-match press conference. “It wasn’t easy to play this match, with the disappointment of the Copa final, and coming up against the opponents who took it from us.
“I’m proud of the reaction of this team. They had good energy and were brave out there. It’s a shame that because of an individual error, we’ve missed out on three deserved points.
“The disappointment of the final is very fresh, but the team gave their all.
“The match was very evenly matched, but I think we were mostly in control of the game. It’s an sign that we’re back on the right track.
“The team showed personality and ambition, and went for the win. We came very close, we deserved to win. It’s a pity a mistake robbed us of it.”
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