Deportivo look for first away win in San Mamés in seven yearsApril 14, 2018
Deportivo de La Coruña visit the San Mamés stadium in a game where anything other than a win could be the final nail in the coffin for Dépor.
Deportivo manager Clarence Seedorf still believes his team can avoid relegation, speaking to Cadena COPE recently, he said “I’m an optimist and a realist at the same time, I don’t have blind faith, but history shows us that comebacks are possible. I see the group has inner strength.”
Regarding Saturday’s game (19:45 BST, New San Mamés stadium) Deportivo striker Adrián López has said the team believe they can come away with three points.
Asked whether the only option is winning, the former Atlético de Madrid player has said that although a win would be the best thing “every match is different, so who knows a point could be good, however in our minds we only think about winning. To keep our options open we need to gain as many points as possible from the games left.”
“I’m not saying the objective won’t be difficult, but it’s not impossible, if we get two consecutive wins we will definitely be closer to the objective. We are hopeful we can stay up.” He said.
Athletic Bilbao come from beating Villarreal 1-3 and are sitting comfortably in 12th place in the league table with 39 points.
Athletic Bilbao coach Cuco Ziganda expects a tough game, speaking during his pre-match press conference, he considers it’s Deportivo’s last chance to avoid relegation “they need to win here, they are going to put their heart and soul into this game.” However he also warned that his team is to give them a good fight “we need to defend what’s ours and show them we can come out on top.”
Deportivo will be without midfielder Guillerme dos Santos while Athletic will be without Núñez and Iturraspe as they all face a one match suspension. The good news for the home side is that Iker Muniain is back after a lengthy injury, it will his 250th match and will become the youngest player in history to reach such a feat. Deportivo will be without Eneko Bóveda, Muntari, Sidnei and Fede Cartabia.
Muniain, who returned to the pitch after a serious and lengthy knee injury – which needed an operation – kept him out of action for six months has said he has been dreaming of this moment since he first got injured. “The first two or three days were hard, but as soon as I had a date for my operation everything changed.”
“I am very happy with the way the team played against Villarreal, we’ve had some happy days, however now all I can think about is the game against Deportivo.”
Athletic Bilbao: Kepa, De Marcos, Etxeita, Íñigo Martínez, Balenziaga, Beñat, San José, Susaeta, Raúl García, Córdoba and Iñaki Williams
Deportivo: Rubén, Juanfran, Raúl Albentosa, Fabian Schar, Luisinho, Mosquera, Krohn-Dehli, Celso Borges, Emre Çolak, Adrián and Lucas Pérez