Nico Willliams, protagonist of Athletic's victory 8 minutes from the final whistle, stated that “Athletic is ready” to face Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.
After an emotional celebration with his brother, fellow striker Iñaki Williams, the 19-year-old youth says he has "dreamed of this moment and discussed it with his brother on multiple occasions."
“We are ready for any challenge. We know that Real Madrid is a tough rival, but we're going with everything. It's an illusion that I couldn't live last year, but in the locker room they have transmitted that feeling to me and we hope to win this final", he concluded,
Marcelino García Toral, technical director of the Basque team, stated that Nico Williams' youth could be a double-edged sword in the youth squad's career ''Nico is very young, he has to go little by little. It is not beneficial that we make a star of a footballer who is 19 years old.
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Nor did he fall short when it comes to analyzing who his rival is going to be on Sunday in Riyadh, "We have really analyzed Real Madrid from the two December games," Toral assured.
The Spaniard, however, understands what it means to face a team of this magnitude, "We played the final against the best team in our league and they have clearly shown it".
The coach of Atlético de Madrid, Diego Simeone, for his part, affirmed that the team needs to be more aggressive in the areas and regarding Athletic's goals, he pointed out, "We are being weak in those situations, the team does not have strength", he affirmed.
Atlético's Slovenian goalkeeper, Jan Oblak, commented annoyed at the end of the match: "It's hard to explain why they score so many goals against us from set pieces."