Athletic Bilbao boss Gaizka Garitano has said he and the club are both keen for their partnership to continue beyond this season.
If you have struggled with the absence of Spanish football then the first match of the weekend between Athletic and Girona is set to give you a thumping return as two of the league’s inconsistent and unpredicatable teams go head-to-head.
Home side Girona sit 12th in the standings and whilst they have not been as good as they were last season, they have managed to keep themselves well away from the relegation pack and remain in contention for a potential Europa League place.
Eusebio Sacristain’s side have won three of their last six games, losing twice and drawing once – and their impressive 2-0 win over Leganes last time out sees them head into this one in good spirits.
They face an Athletic side who – after a drastic start to the season, have slowly improved. The Basque outfit sit ninth in the league and they know that a win could see them move as high as seventh place.
Like Girona, Athletic have won three in their last six games, but have lost just once, drawing on two occasions and that gives them the slight edge in terms of who is favourite for the points on Friday.
Speaking ahead of his side’s tie, Garitano was quizzed on his future at San Mames and he said: “The club has told me that they want me to continue and I want to continue, so it will be a matter of one or two minutes when the time is right.
“There is not going to be any problem, if they want me to continue and I want to continue, everything is very simple.
“In football what evaluates you is what you do tomorrow at 9.00 pm (in reference to Girona-Athletic this Friday). If you lose you are the worst coach in the world and if you win they want to renew you for five years. soccer with the coaches, here we live in the wire.”