Athletic: San Mamés is no longer what it used to be

The Athletic-Eibar played yesterday in San Mamés became the first of what we could call the second League during the coronavirus pandemic. The first, 38 games without an audience later, ended in Vigo.

Valladolid-Athletic on March 8, 2020 marked the end, so far at least, of LaLiga matches (also the Cup, Europe and others) with an audience in the stadiums. On June 14 of that same year, more than three months later with a long confinement in between, the championship started up again. From that Athletic-Atlético played at the rojiblanco stadium to Celta-Athletic last Sunday in Vigo, a total of 38 days passed. A whole league. The first and hopefully the last of the coronavirus.

My friend and forever companion Endika River, in addition to realizing the account, he was kind enough to break down his twitter account (@endikario) the data related to Athletic during these 38 matches of the pandemic league tournament. One piece of information powerfully draws attention to what refers to the Bilbao team.

The total of games won by the lions at home (yesterday’s 1-1 against Eibar does not enter this, let’s call it the first League) is less than the sum of those lost and drawn. 9 wins against 3 draws and 7 losses, 28 goals in favor and 19 against. 30 of 57 points.

Away from home, on the other hand, Athletic first of Garitano and after Marcelino accumulate more matches scoring than losing. The 9 losses, in other words, are surpassed by the 4 wins and the 6 draws. The baggage at the point level, despite everything, is not very encouraging: 18 out of 57, with 21 goals in favor and 27 against.

The lions, with these 13 victories, 9 draws and 16 defeats, would occupy the tenth position of a table with 23 clubs. Real Madrid would be the champion with 88 points, the same as Atlético, followed both by Barça (83), Sevilla (77), Villarreal (62), Real (55), Granada (54), Levante (51) and Betis (50) would also be ahead of Athletic (48)