Athletic has in its showcases two trophies that accredit it as champion of the Super Cup. The first, still in black and white, coinciding with the Athletic de las Ligas de Clemente stage. The second, more recent in time, with Valverde on the bench.
The lions beat Luis Enrique’s almighty Barça in a double game in August. 4-0 at San Mamés, with a hat trick by Aduriz and an opening goal by San José, and 1-1 at the Camp Nou, with another goal from the rojiblanco top scorer. Seven members of that Athletic squad still belong to the first team.
Two of them, coincidences of fate, today also point to the starting eleven against Real Madrid at La Rosaleda. Both completed those 180 great minutes against the Catalans. None of them had enjoyed, for one reason or another, the status of owner in recent times.
De Marcos and Balenziaga, as in 2015 with Valverde, enter the pools to start tonight with Marcelino. The Gasteiztarra could do well as a right back, or as an interior of that same band with Capa behind. His partner from fatigue, meanwhile, is the practically only candidate to fill in for Yuri’s injury leave. Lekue, another lion with the ability to exercise on both sides, also participated for a few minutes in San Mamés.
Muniain, Williams, Ibai and Iago Herrerín appeared in the photos with the Athletic squad and all the technicians and assistants of that Athletic de Valverde posing with the champions trophy on the Camp Nou pitch. The current captain was then in the process of recovering from a serious knee injury. The Navarrese really wants to make up for that forced absence and, of course, to raise the Super Cup again