Friday, December 09, 2022

Etore Fernandez: “Osasuna fans don’t come to Al Sadr to watch the game, they come to play it”

goalkeeper Ettore Fernandez Abrisetta (Araset-Mondragon, Gipuzkoa, 3/5/1991) signed for this summer Health after terminating his contract with Levante, Despite starting the season as a substitute, he has already played two league games as Rojillo, in which he has not scored a goal in either El Sadar. With Sergio Herrera recovering from an overload in his left knee, he is aiming to start at Vigo on Saturday.

I read a tweet from @javierosasuna about you: “Ettore Fernandez is the third Osasuna goalkeeper to not score in his first two games in the First Division, and the first to win those two games.”

—and that the stats keep moving, which will be good for the team (laughs). I’m able to help the team, which is one hell of a level and when it’s time to come, it’s easy.

He played his first game by a technical decision and the second due to a physical problem with Sergio Herrera. What do you want to do?

The best thing is always to play. We work for him, but we must learn that unfortunately the playing eleven in this game gets credit even though no football team in the world has an eleven team. Everyone has the ability, we are all trained to play and the goal is achieved by all or none. Competition makes us squeeze our asses and makes us better. That everyone trains hard and the 20 points we have belong to everyone.

It premiered on match day 10. How have you handled the replacement?

– You can always contribute to the role that affects you. For example, in the day-to-day lives of goalkeepers, if we see that one saves a lot, we usually chase each other to save more than the other. The role everyone plays always helps the team, not whether I play on weekends or not, because it is Jagoba’s decision (Araset) and no one can enter. This is his fifth year at the club and what he has achieved here is impressive.

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Osasuna has not scored a goal in four of his 12 league games as goalkeeper, two with Herrera and the other two with you. Whoever the goalkeeper is, that’s a good sign for the team, isn’t it?

-It’s clear that, if you leave a clean sheet, you already have a point and it’s the hosts in this league, but right now my intention is to win 100-99 all the games and they score 99 goals, Because that would mean we stand up and win the league (laughs).

He has 20 points in 12 days.

I set some ambitious goals in the locker room and said we had 21 points before the break for the World Cup, and we are close. There are still six at stake and all six have to fight. We have been able to get something positive from the days of Vigo and Barca.

With so many numbers at this point, is sustainability still Osasuna’s goal?

There is no player left with 20 points in the history of the league. There is a lot of work left, although it is true that we are at the percentage points people are excited about, but it is also true that last year with the Levante, I went twenty days without a win and a bad streak. may come. That’s why the mythological phrase of going game by game is a good one. I always give an example that when you have exams and you leave everything for the last day, you usually do poorly. So you have to go game after game, study a little every day and watch each game as if it were the last. This is how we will achieve objectives, but the first is sustainability. From there, to dream.

Do you have to remember in the Osasuna dressing room that 27 games without a win that you experienced with Levante between the end of the 2020-21 season (8) and the start of 2021-22 (19) to curb the excitement?

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– I have to call it an anecdote, not to excite people, because it is not necessary here. Anyone who comes to see us train knows that we are at a very high speed. There will be good or bad games, but people’s attitude is ten.

Do you get that fans are excited about more ambitious goals? For example, with Europe.

It is clear that average points say so, but we still have to play against teams like Atlético de Madrid, Barca, Athletic, Real, who are better than us in terms of budget and players. Obviously we are going to fight in every match, but we have to keep our feet on the ground.

His first two matches as a goalkeeper for Osasuna have been played at Al Sadr. How was the experience?

-Brilliant. It’s true that when you come across as the opponent, you realize how crowded you are, though on another level, but when you have the masses on your side, it’s impressive. It helps you in bad times and a big part of the purposes that are served will be thanks to the fans. I always say that Osasuna fans don’t come to watch the game, they come to play it.

A fan who applauds after victory and after defeat.

-It’s true. The games at home against Getafe and Valencia weren’t the best for us, but the fans recognized the effort, even if things didn’t work out for us. This makes it easy to turn around. Without such fans we would be more nervous at certain times.

El Sadr recorded his second-best appearance in the game last Sunday against Valladolid, drawing 19,429 spectators. And that was played at 2:00 PM….

-It’s an oyster. I think a lot of people are waiting to become a member, but now they can’t. This is something that fans talk well about. We appreciate it and keep coming back.

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