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Ziganda accepts blame for poor Athletic season

Jose Angel Ziganda has taken blame for Athletic Bilbao’s poor season, saying he is fully responsible.

Levante produced a superb result at San Mames to beat the Basque side on Monday evening and all-but ensure their La Liga safety.

The visitors had all the pressure on their shoulders before kick off, knowing that Clarence Seedorf’s slow improving Deportivo La Coruna were getting some points on the board.

Athletic – who have been a far cry from their usual best this season, have very little to play for at this point of the season and Ziganda’s side looked a shadow of their former selves, despite taking the lead.

With only five wins in their last 17 games in all competitions, Ziganda is expected to be replaced this summer and he has taken full blame for their inconsistency.

“We are in a tough situation and I take full responsibility for this,” Ziganda told reporters.

“I am the Coach of this game, I am here to win game and to lead my team but not everything has worked out, and that has to be the culpability of me.

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“It is tough when you are in a run like this but we must continue to work hard and stay focused, to look to our next game and try to change the mood and make our fans happy.”

Arguably their most in-form player this season – Raul Garcia, was on hand to head home the opener but the goal only proved as a spur for the visitors, who produced a remarkable turnaround.

Macedonian midfielder Enis Bardhi has not been that frequent a goalscorer this season, but when he does find the back of the net – they are delightful to watch.

Bardhi netted almost identical free-kicks just before the stroke of half time to gain an applause from some sections of the home crowd.

Jose Luis Morales capped Levante’s victory in the final minutes after a superb run from his own half, sealing an all important three points.

It was the fifth win in their last seven games and now opens up a nine point gap to Deportivo, who have four rounds left to do the unthinkable.

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