The players feel “just as ashamed as the supporters do”

03/02/2018 00:38

Lucas Perez and tonight's captain, Raul Albentosa, spoke to the press in Estadio de Anoeta’s mixed zone.

The local striker believes that “our performance was ridiculous here in Anoeta today. We came, we walked along the pitch, me too. Embarrassing is all I can say.”

He assured that, on a personal level, “I really want to get out of this rut. I’m not going to lose hope. I’m a fighter, I’m a winner and that’s what I want.”

In his opinion, “we all need an uplift.  Everyone has to try and get up in their own way, leaning on their team-mates. We have to stick together. We’re the ones who have to get out of this rut and I’m the first one who has to do it.”

He understands that the supporters feel ashamed: “I feel that way too. They feel helpless, they can’t do anything. They can see we’re sinking. That’s how they feel and that’s how we feel too.”

Lucas' description of the dressing room is of players “with wounded prides, for the supporters, their families, their work. You can’t talk about football. The only thing you can do is keep your head down, wait for tomorrow to come, work and get out of this rut as a team. You can only achieve this with a united dressing room.”

Tonight’s captain, Raul Albentosa, confessed that “it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way after a match. We’re all quite down. But we have to keep going, work on a daily basis to try and get out of this.”

The branquiazul defender highlighted that “sometimes the situation can alter reality. If we don’t go out to fight for this, no-one will. We’ve got to keep going all together.”

Just as Lucas did, Albentosa said “I apologise to everyone because today was a really hard match for all of us, and especially for those who watched the match and felt just as ashamed as we did.”

He spoke of a football and emotional problem: “We haven’t proved anything football-wise and the team’s state of mind is at an all-time low.”