Iñaki Williams broke his drought in the league. Since last February 15 in Cádiz he had not seen a goal in the domestic tournament. Yesterday, despite jumping onto the pitch after even his little brother, it took just over 20 minutes for Bilbao to leave his mark and smash Sevilla’s illusions all at once.
Nico, whom Marcelino ruled out in the Lezama press room last Sunday and to whom he had to resort, along with Paredes and Beñat Prados due to last-minute casualties that occurred in the first squad, once again had minutes in the top division. Although he showed signs of his beginnings again, this time he also pointed out details of his unquestionable quality.
The same as Sancet. The Navarrese, who started on the bench but jumped onto the pitch before the first quarter of an hour of the match to replace the injured Raúl García, grows little by little with the accumulated minutes. In the counter that allowed the oldest of the Williams to sign the 0-1, his quality was evident.
Athletic happened to be one of the judges of the League in this final sprint of the season. The lions were measured three days ago at Atlético de Madrid, yesterday at Sevilla and in the penultimate they will receive a visit from Real Madrid. The colchoneros were defeated in San Mamés with a starting eleven with four changes compared to the one that started last night at Pizjuán. Eleven that also did the same with Lopetegui’s squad.
The positions of the injured Capa and Iñigo Martínez were occupied by De Marcos and Yeray and that of the absent, by prevention, Dani García went to Vesga. The last variation, Raúl García for Sancet, was due to tactical reasons. Yuri and Muniain, Athletic’s usual left wing, missed both games due to the physical problems they have suffered since the Cup finals. Nor does it seem that they will arrive to face Real Madrid.
A good number of Sevilla fans came to the Pizjuán to receive their team with chants and flares. The coronavirus, apparently, is pressing there with less force than in Euskadi. Hence perhaps, irony on, the transfer of the European Championship from San Mamés to La Cartuja.
Curious, by the way, about both coaches and their calls. Lopetegui, with Kounde’s doubt, didn’t even give it. Marcelino, yes; but yesterday morning before traveling to Seville and with three players from the subsidiary in it. Modern football.