Iñaki Williams, Athletic Club player, admitted that having been able to play alongside his little brother Nico, with which he met for the first time on the field last Wednesday against Real Valladolid, is “a dream come true “that” he “always” believed would come true.
“I have always thought and believed in it. When two brothers, of black race, are in Athletic, a series of things occur that seem like a coincidence, but that go through something. I knew we were going to play together, “Iñaki confessed at the press conference he offered this Friday in Lezama.
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Williams also acknowledged that he was happier with his brother’s debut than his own and he encouraged Nico to “keep working, trying hard and having that hunger to eat the world” because in this way “he will have more opportunities” to “live this dream” and for his parents to “be even more proud”.
“When I arrived at Athletic I dreamed of being part of the first team and when my brother arrived he dreamed of sharing a dressing room. We have succeeded, but there is still a long way to go. He has been burning stages and now he has to continue with that self-confidence when it comes to facing and capturing his game in the first team, “he explained.
On the other hand, on a personal level Williams He admitted that “physically and mentally” he does not go through his “best moments” because in addition to having played “many minutes” throughout the season “mentally exhausts you when you are not in the numbers you want to be”.
“The forwards are asked for a goal and I would have liked to have scored many more goals, although I have given several assists. Nobody is going to make me doubt my qualities or what Iñaki Williams is and I will continue working to show that I can be a better player, “he said.
The Bilbao man admitted that despite having lost ownership in recent games, he is doing “very well” to enter the game after the break and “contribute in the second parts when the rival is a little more tired “.
Williams played his 190th consecutive game against Valladolid in LaLiga, a figure that places him just twelve behind the absolute record held by Juan Antonio Larrañaga.
“Up to here I hadn’t thought much about it. At this point I would like to break that record, but I’m not worried about it. I am worried about it and I want the best for the team, whether I play or not. Winning, fighting for Europe … There are a thousand things in which I prioritize the team before my personal challenges, “he stressed.
Finally, facing the game next Monday against Sevilla, he stressed that they will go to Sánchez Pizjuán with the “ambition to win” and rush the remote European options against a rival that is fighting for the league title. “Mathematically we are not outside Europe and we have to fight for it, have faith and work. We do not trust the rival in front of us. What we want is to win. We are going to play against rivals from above and below who play a lot and we have to go to win and finish as high as possible, “he stressed.