Williams: “It would be a mistake to try to become a forward that I am not, nor am I going to be, nor do I want to be”

Iñaki Williams has clear ideas. He knows that he is an explosive and vertical striker, one of those who make a difference in space. That does not mean that he tries to improve in other facets to contribute different records to his team, such as the resources to use when it is not possible to run as he likes. Although he works on it, he is not going to change the type of footballer he is. “Each one has its strengths and weaknesses. There are moments in the game when there are no spaces and you have to pull other things. It would be a mistake to try to become a forward that I am not, that I am not going to be and that I do not want to be. I know my potential, I work to improve and I think there has been a noticeable improvement in my back game in recent years, “he explained.

There is always talk of who must assume the team scoring weight, something that does not fit their conditions. Even so, he does not hesitate and focuses on working. “I am demanding of myself. I know the people who trust me and among them is the coach, all my teammates and the people of the club. No one is going to make me doubt the capabilities I have. I talk a lot with the coach, he helps me correct aspects in which I have to improve, including the scoring side. Without putting pressure on myself, go out and enjoy myself and that no one can tell me that I don’t work. I try to empty myself on the pitch and if I do better, but I don’t have to put more pressure on myself because all I want is to help the team. “

I try to empty myself on the pitch and if I do better, but I don’t have to put more pressure on myself because all I want is to help the team

Marcelino insists a lot on the mental aspect to avoid putting more pressure than necessary. “More than the game theme, he insists a lot on the head theme. Be calm, do not demand more of myself than the game requires, that I focus on what I can do, which are unchecks and breaks to be a nuisance for the defense. When I manage to do that they end up entering. No striker in the world puts all he has. We play a type of football that benefits me and that is what the coach asks of me, that I go because that way I will have chances ” Williams commented.

In recent matches, several advantageous situations have been repeated that he does not finish taking advantage of not using his left leg. A resource that works and with which you gain more confidence. “I am a player who falls to both bands from within. The left leg is a resource that I have to improve. I work and I insist on it, all training sessions. I’m getting more comfortable with my left foot every time, I feel more confident. It is a matter of repeating, you have to give a lot of punches to end up knocking the door down “.

A special match

The game against Barcelona will be special because of the return of the people to San Mamés. This is “an incentive” for the staff, after “a long time waiting to meet our family again.” Williams believes that when the fans and the team come together they are “very strong” and that the people who are left out of the 20% who will be able to enter the stadium are going to give them “that push”. They will be measured against a rival who will not be able to count on Messi, but who “has plenty of players to supply him and is a great team.”

We all know that Leo is a determining player. He has done us a lot of damage, but we have also beaten them with him present, as in the last Super Cup

In addition, he insists that they already know what it is to beat them even with the Argentine on the field. “We all know that Leo is a determining player. He has done us a lot of damage, but we have also beaten them with him present, as in the last Super Cup. It does not have to influence us whether it is there or not. We have to focus on our thing, on making an uncomfortable game and that more is played in his field than in ours “he pitched. Finally, he spoke about his brother, Nico. that can become decentralized. You don’t have a career at Athletic if you don’t waste effort and passion every day. It is a long-distance race, Nico has to go through stages, without putting pressure, enjoy and work. Everything that comes to you will come with effort and work “he ditched.

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