Morocco goalkeeper is optimistic about Los Nervionenses’ chances of lifting the Spanish flying tiara despite losing to Lions
Yassine Bounou refuses to give up Sevilla’s La Liga title race despite losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao on Monday night.
Unbeaten in their last eight Spanish top division appearances, Julen Lopetegui’s men hoped to continue their impressive streak against the Lions at home – which would bolster their national aspirations.
However, that was not the case as Inaki Williams’ 90th-minute strike saw Marcelino Garcia’s side leave the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium with all the points on offer.
Taking advantage of a counterattack, the Spanish striker who came for Asier Villalibre shot the ball in front of the Moroccan goalkeeper after conceding a pass from Oihan Sancet.
Sevilla are, however, just six points behind leaders Atletico Madrid – with four games to go – and Bounou is adamant his side will remain in the title fight.
“Right now I’m disappointed because we were very excited to stay hooked,” said former Wydad Casablanca and Girona. the club’s website.
“We had a very complete game, we put up with the whole game and in a transition, we found ourselves on the losing side. The team will continue to fight until the end, however.
“We had some good opportunities, our opponent’s goalkeeper made some good saves and the team cannot be faulted for anything.
“We will continue to fight to improve the fourth position.”
The French central defender of Benin origin Jules Kounde echoes this sentiment.
First, the 22-year-old opened up about his fitness after overcoming some discomfort over the past week.
“I’m fine, it’s true that I had some discomfort, but less than during the week,” Kounde said.
“It’s difficult now, we are disappointed because we wanted to win to have more chances.
“Mathematically, it’s possible, but it’s very difficult and you have to keep fighting.
“We left everything on the pitch, we had several opportunities and we missed a little more success. It’s very hard.”
Youssef En-Nesyri was named in the starting XI but was replaced by Franco Vazquez with nine minutes left.
Sevilla will be hoping to bounce back on their way to victory when they face defending champions Real Madrid in their next outing on Sunday.