Friday, April 8, 2011

Karanka: "This club never ceases to compete while its options are still alive"

Assistant Coach Aitor Karanka addressed the media the day prior to the match against Athletic Bilbao.

"Our squad list shows we intend to win the match. We will travel with all our available men. Benzema is making progress and we've decided not to risk it. We want him to return when he's in optimum form."

"I played five years at this club and I can tell you no coach or player has ever given up while the team's options are still alive. San Mames is a very tough venue. The match against Athletic is one of those you make a note of on the calendar at the start of the season. We will do our best to win three very important points."

"Our coach has his own working method and he likes to teach those who work for him. I am delighted to be here today because it is a great responsibility. It is a great professional experience for me to be a part of this group."

"Higuain and Kaka are better each day. Their training is intense. We are delighted to count on them in the final stretch of the season, when many things are at stake for us."

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