The trainer of athletic clubErnesto Valverde, assured that he was “calm” regarding the situation of Iñigo Martínez and the information that points to the interest of the FCBarcelona to obtain their services.
“I don’t know, we’ll see how the month goes. But I repeat that we’re calm, focused on work, we’ll see. At the moment I have nothing to manage here. Everything is going very well here and we will see.” “He spoke about the case of the international centre-back.
Regarding this Friday’s victory, he commented that the Real society “He moved the ball well and they found the free player, but when we put the pressure on well we did it well.” “The team held on, we tried to take the initiative. We succeeded despite the fact that they too had their chances,” he summed up his vision of 1-0 concretized with a Goal by Mikel Vesga.
Valverde lamented today’s injuries to Yeray Álvarez and Raúl García, but believes that with them two, as well as Unai Simón and Íñigo Martínez, both out today through injury, he can count on the start of the championship against Mallorca.
“Raúl García has a soleus problem, we have to wait for the evaluation, but we hope it’s nothing. Yeray also had a minor problem. Unai Simón hopes that if he gets to this first game of LaLiga Santander. We are optimistic, but we have to see how it evolves these days”, commented on this subject.
When asked for a summary of the pre-season, Valverde stressed that what he wants is ‘to win the first league game’. “It helps us to learn, to test where we are. In that sense, it has been a good test. But pre-season is a realm of fantasy because everything is fine. If you win, great, and if you lose, then you have it’s time to fix it. What matters is what’s going to happen in a few days,” he warned.
Valverde also claimed that he wanted to reduce his squad, which now consists of 31 players and 26 from the first team. “We are with many players, some have to leave. We are working on this problem,” he said.
🎙️ Ernesto Valverde, after winning the final of the #EHThat before the Royal Society:
🗣️ “It was an interesting match from all points of view”#AthleticRealSociedad #athletic club 🦁 pic.twitter.com/y3Hzbe84qs
— Athletics Club (@AthleticClub) August 5, 2022