Illarramendi: I understand the boos, they aren’t happy with what I did
Real Madrid defensive midfielder, Asier Illarramendi made his return to Anoeta for the first time after his €31 million move to the Spanish capital last summer and was warmly greeted with boos and whistles from the crowd.
In his post-match interview, Illarramendi admitted that he understood the fans’ reaction, especially after scoring his first goal at Anoeta, but stressed that he did what he had to do by leaving the Basque club.
“Coming home is always special, it was very difficult for us. After the second goal the game was over and we took advantage of the spaces.
“It was a long time since I’d scored a goal with La Real and, of course, today had to be the day where I scored again. We’re happy for the victory.
“The whistles? On one hand I expected it. They aren’t happy with what I did, but I was focused on the match. On one hand, I understand, but at the same time I gave my all during my time at Real Sociedad. I had the opportunity to go to Real Madrid and I took it.
“San Sebastian has always been my home and always will be. Real Sociedad gave me everything.”
Illarra concluded by discussing the team’s mentality knowing that the two other teams above them, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, had one their games.
“There are only a few games left and we need to win ours and wait for the others to slip up.”