Athletic Club a step away from the Europa LeagueAugust 24, 2017
Athletic Club Bilbao could seal a place in the Europa League group stages by avoiding defeat or a high scoring draw against Greek Superleague side Panathinaikos.
The Basques staged a stunning 3-2 comeback in Greece last week meaning that Panathinaikos will need to win on aggregate or a 4-4 draw to get into the next round. It’s a tough task for the Athens side but if the first leg proved anything, it was that Panathinaikos are capable of shocking Los Leones
Kuko Ziganda main worry will be replacing full back Oscar De Marcos, who picked up an injury in Athletic Club previous game against Getafe. Aside from De Marcos, Ziganda will have a full squad to select from, with key figures like Aritz Adruiz who was on the bench of the La Liga opener on Saturday, well rested. Ander Inturraspe could also make a return to the team after a long term injury.
A place in the Europa League would mean that Athletic club will have qualify for Europe 3 times in four seasons, an impressive turn in fortunes for a club that was finishing mid table before Ernesto Valverde third term at the San Mames. Kuko Ziganda will be determined to carry on where his predecessor left off.
The game kicks off at 19:45 on Thursday night