What better way to fix a mess than in a semifinal of the Spain Supercup in front of Real Madrid. That same must have thought Raul Garcia when Marcelino confirmed him again as a starter in the previous hours, since the attacker of the Athletic club He was the man of the match.
A full-blown redemption. The former Osasuna, 34, had been the protagonist, for worse, of the LaLiga duel between the two teams on December 15. Eleven minutes into the game Raúl García saw the second yellow for two ugly innings to Kroos and left the ‘lions’ with ten and thus succumbed to Madrid (3-1).
Well, almost a month later the film’s total turnaround. Raúl García started as the starter, for the second time with Marcelino, while with Gaizka Garitano he was not indisputable, and reminded the player who was the team’s top scorer last season. Undetectable for Madrid, he found two goals, the first after a robbery in the rival field and the second from a penalty, to lead the Athletic to the final of the Spanish Super Cup against FC Barcelona.
A scheme, this new one by Marcelino, which clearly enhances the role of Raul Garcia, remembering his position with Ernesto Valverde. A second striker who falls, plays on his back, fights overhead and presses high. A positive message for Athletic, since it seems that one of their best soldiers is at the front again.