Athletic Bilbao: Marcelino: ‘It’s a test of maturity’

You have to put your feet on the ground. Athletic qualified for the Cup final on Thursday 17 in La Cartuja and tomorrow it’s time to return to the League to host Granada in San Mamés. How do you lower the euphoria and convince the players to focus on this match? “It is a test of maturity. We are all going through different tests with the experiences we have lived and the way we act will mean the competitive level that we will give tomorrow. We have to know how to differentiate between the two competitions. It is true that it is not easy, everything that goes from Thursday night until the first final arrives, but in this journey we have four league games and a rest. We must not be obsessed with the finals and we must face the next match with full attention. I am convinced that we are going to offer a totally positive response, this team will show ambition and will to win tomorrow ”, he said. Marcelino in Lezama.

“They say that euphoria weakens and criticism strengthens. We are going to try to find the ideal state of mind to compete. We are living in wonderful situations, but we have to know how to differentiate one competition from another and keep working to win ”, added the Asturian.

The rojiblanco coach expects a difficult match, “against a rival who uses direct football, he has a good counterattack and an offensive strategy with a lot of danger. He is very well trained, I know Diego, I know of your human and professional capacity. We come from a very important beating, both from a physical and mental point of view due to the fatigue of facing a Cup semi-final ”, the coach has specified.

Marcelino he is clear about one of the facets in which he has to improve his team. “One thing that needs to evolve is to try to prevent the rival from getting ahead, because playing with the scoreboard in favor makes things easier for you. If we play fast and we are somewhat more forceful in the minimum occasions that the rival has, we will be better. We need to be more successful in both areas ”, he explained.

The coach has confirmed that tomorrow he will make many changes in the starting eleven and regarding Peru
Nolaskoain, who is already recovered from his injury, will use him more in defense than pivot, “because we are fairer in centrals”, although he added that they must be “prudent” with Zumaia’s team because he has not played for a long time.