Athletic de Bilbao: At the beginning and at the end

Nothing to object. No one can question the bet carried out yesterday by Marcelino because the play came out to ask of mouth. A goal at the beginning to take things easy and another at the end to avoid possible rival reactions. The lions are on a roll.

Athletic’s qualification for the Cup final this season had its first consequence in the form of a massive rotation against Granada in the League. MarcelinoDespite being Asturian, he did a real bilbainada from the start. Nine changes, neither more nor less, in his starting eleven compared to the one he lined up last Thursday at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Marcelino’s massive rotation this time surpassed those of the Cup against Ibiza and Alcoyano

The rojiblanca line-up also included two more especially striking data. Balenziaga, a usual left-handed and occasionally right-back, he acted as the starting center back. Ibai, who this season had only had a little more than ten minutes at Carranza both in the League and in the Cup, started as a starter after almost a year without doing so (March 1, 2020 against Villarreal in San Mamés).

The Athletic manager rotated this time even more than in the cup duels this season against UD Ibiza and Alcoyano. The offensive bet, by the way, again consisted of placing Sancet next to Villalibre with Black pudding on the left. Evidence that did not work for Marcelino in either of the two aforementioned commitments and that forced him to resort to Raul
Garcia Y Muniain and minutes later to Williams.

This time we had to wait longer to pull off the bench at the offensive level. Sancet stated that he knows how to move between the lines and Villalibre, with a goal as soon as the shock starts, that constitutes a real headache for any rival defense. The nickname ‘Buffalo’, as can be seen repeatedly, is not the result of chance.

Before mister, now partner

In Athletic, the curious circumstance occurred that on the pitch two lions coincided, wearing the red-and-white shirt, who a few years ago also shared a dressing room, but with completely different roles. Ibai, then coach of Santutxu, appeared yesterday in the photo of the Bilbao starting team with Vencedor, one of his pupils in that team of the lower categories of the popular Bilbao club. Football curiosities.