Granada approaches salvation and he is achieving it not without suffering: “I said it the first day, I came with a lot of desire and illusion, when you see the motto of `Eterna Lucha it is for something, and after three weeks it verifies it. The effort that these players make is amazing, it’s something to be proud of.”
Karanka has managed to change the Granada team in record time, but he has preferred to give credit to his players: “Proud of the players, without them it is impossible to have that data, it is impossible to arrive and 24 hours later to compete in the Wanda, it is impossible playing against Celta with that state of anxiety, it is impossible to win 2-6 in Mallorca and do it again in Los Carmenes, these data are thanks to the players”.
“The glass still looks very full”
Waiting for the match against Mallorca, the Andalusian team is close to permanence, although the Basque coach is cautious: “If I have to see it a little fuller it is because of the progress of the team, they started the first game trying to be together, the next one we managed to get a point against Celta, later, with a direct rival we were much superior and today against a great team we have seen that sacrifice and effort that makes the glass continue to look very full”.
Although he doesn’t want the spotlight to shine on him, Karanka has carried out a metamorphosis of the team: “When I arrived the only thing you could see was everyone snorting, and today there was music, we have gone from a state of total anxiety to a state of of joy and commitment, that’s the best thing that can happen”.
“Winning two games is to celebrate it”
Although the goal is much closer, Karanka has once again sent out a message of caution: “The squad knows that it is not done, they are aware that we are going to have to keep fighting and adding. This squad and this fans have been suffering for a long time, the celebration is not because we have achieved something, but with what is going on this season winning two games is to celebrate it”, admitted the man from Vitoria.
Karanka, in an emotional game for him, has distanced one of the clubs of his life from his European aspirations: “During the hours before and before the game you see players like Iker, you go to the bench and see a doctor and a couple of physios who were already in Lezama when I arrived, that touches you emotionally, but if Athletic taught me anything, it’s to compete and today we needed the three points”.