Athletic has suffered two hard blows in April, the defeats in the two Cup finals against Real Sociedad and Barça. The txuri urdin team took the title last day 3 with a penalty goal scored by Oyarzabal after a foul committed by Iñigo Martínez on Portu. There was still a second bullet, it is true that much more complicated, but in a game anything could happen.
The rojiblancos faced the meeting against the Catalans last Saturday with the hope of repeating the triumph in the final of the Super Cup played on January 17. But the current Barça is not the one of three months ago. Messi and company were impossible from the initial whistle of Martinez
Munuera. The match miraculously went into halftime with a scoreless draw, but the goals fell one after the other until reaching four in just thirteen minutes of the second half. New disappointment.
As in the previous final, Athletic did not know how to compete or be the team that we have been used to since Marcelino arrived. The doubts that he had left in the last meetings were confirmed in La Cartuja. These doubts are also reflected in the numbers harvested by the rojiblanco ‘trident’. Muniain, Raul
Garcia Y Williams They have to make a difference so that the team offers its best performance. With the new coach, the three key players of the team recovered the best version lost in the previous stage with Gaizka
Garitano. The one from Txantrea once again braided football for the benefit of the offensive game, the one from Pamplona began to score goals and the ‘9’ scored so many decisive points, such as the one that gave the title in the final of the Super Cup.
But lately, his contribution has dropped, it has “caught up” to the general level the team has fallen to. Williams, for example, he has not seen a contrary goal since he scored the final 0-4 against Cádiz at the Ramón de Carranza (February 15), when Athletic played one of the best games of the era Marcelino. Since then, there have been eleven meetings between the two competitions, eight in the League and three in the Cup, including the two for the title and the second leg of the semifinal against Levante played at the Ciutat de València.
Precisely, this was the last game in which Raul
Garcia scored his last target. Roger put the granotas ahead, the ‘22’ tied from the penalty spot and Berenguer he scored the winning goal in extra time. Since then (March 4) there have been eight games, six in the League and two in the KO tournament.
Drought of Muniain lasts less, specifically from the 10th of the previous month, when he scored the 0-1 in the Wanda Metropolitano that later Atlético would come back with the goals materialized by frames
Llorente Y Lewis
Suarez from eleven meters. Athletic has since played six games, four of the regularity tournament and the two finals that have brought frustration to everyone.
Eight games remain to end the 2020-21 season. The first thing Athletic has to do is recover psychologically to face the final stretch in the proper conditions. For this, it will be essential to once again count on the contribution of the ‘trident’.