Only four days have passed since the Cup final against Real Sociedad. The defeat in the most important derby in history has affected the Athletic players and the entire rojiblanco environment, but once the wounds are licked, it is necessary to recover as soon as possible because there are still many things at stake until the end of the season.
The most important is the second game for the KO tournament title that the rojiblancos will play on April 17 on the same stage in La Cartuja, but against a different rival. On that occasion it will be the Barça of Messi and company. But first you have to play two league matches. The first, tonight against the txuri urdin team (Anoeta, 9:00 p.m., with refereeing by Sanchez
A derby that should serve so that the rojiblanco team begins its recovery in the face of the commitment against the Catalans after the blow that was the appointment of last Saturday. Those led by Marcelino They need to reset, feel competitive again and achieve a positive result in the San Sebastian field to regain the confidence lost in Seville.
Soccer has a lot of mentality. The coach already affirmed at the end of the meeting that the responsibility of winning had possibly weighed on them. “We all knew what this match meant,” he said in the La Cartuja press room. The Bilbao team had not offered good feelings in the two games prior to playing the title. Neither against Celta in Balaídos nor against Eibar at home had he competed at their level. Therefore, beyond the tactical and football aspects, it is essential that the players re-believe in themselves and in all the positive things they did before these three clashes, since the Asturian took over the San Mamés bench.
Achieving a European place through LaLiga has become very difficult. Athletic is eleven points behind sixth place. It seems very difficult to overcome this distance when there are only ten rounds to go, but at least you have to rush all the options.
To do this, you have to beat a Real in Anoeta that is grown after lifting the Cup. It will not be easy at all. Imanol Alguacil’s team has fallen to seventh position and needs the three points to overcome Villarreal and Betis and be fifth again, an area in which it has remained throughout the 2020-21 season.
The donostiarras have added 23 of the 45 points that reflect their locker at home, with a balance of six victories, five draws and three defeats. Getafe (3-0), Huesca (4-1), Granada (2-0), Cádiz (4-1), Alavés (4-0) and Levante (1-0) lost in Donostia; Real Madrid (0-0), Villarreal (1-1), Eibar (1-1), Osasuna (1-1) and Betis (2-2) scratched a tie and Valencia (0-1), Atlético de Madrid ( 0-2) and Barça (1-6) took the three points. La Real is the fourth highest scorer in LaLiga, with 44 goals, behind Barça (68), Atlético and Real Madrid, both 51, and is the fifth least thrashed. They are only surpassed in this section by Atlético (19), Sevilla (21), Real Madrid (23) and Barça (24).
The players of Imanol They celebrated the title at dawn from Saturday to Sunday, but later they have got to work to receive the lions. Sheriff I could go out with an eleven made up of Remiro, Gorosabel, Zubeldia, You
Normand, Monreal, Guevara, Zubimendi, Merino, Janusaj, Oyarzabal and Isak.
Be supposed to Marcelino it will mix starting men with others with fewer minutes in the League. The Asturian could line up Unai
Cap, Nuñez, Iñigo
Berchiche, Berenguer, Unai
Lopez, Vesga, Muniain, Villalibre and Raul
Garcia. Perhaps, the coach can throw more rotations in the next league match, on Saturday against Alavés, taking into account that there will only be two days of margin between the two derbies. Then it will be final against Barça.