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Ziganda on ‘uncomfortable’ Basque derby draw

Ziganda on ‘uncomfortable’ Basque derby draw

Athletic Club boss Jose Luis Ziganda has given his thoughts about the Basque derby draw with Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Heading into the Saturday afternoon clash, it was fair to say that both sides had been performing at the same level, with hosts Athletic having failed to reach their usually high standards in the league so far.

The game itself was fairly even, but it was Eusebio Sacristan’s who dominated for large periods at the new San Mames.

Ziganda, who has been under pressure this season at times, believes his side deserved the point.

“The draw is fair. There have not been many chances and we haven’t been comfortable. This game stop us a bit from what we’ve been doing.

“It was an important match because Real Sociedad play well at San Mamés. We still being strong, our defenders have played really well in this match. Rico gives us energy.”

Athletic next travel to Seville, to face Quique Setien’s Real Betis side, who are currently sat in 14th, on exactly the same number of points as Bilbao, although Los Verdiblancos are still to play this weekend, they travel to Malaga on Monday.

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Further to the 0-0 draw, Ziganda was forced to speculate on the future of first choice keeper Kepa, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and was surprisingly left out of the team for Saturday’s derby.

“Kepa has trained the whole week with some discomfort.”

Whilst some reports claim a deal is expected following Madrid’s return to Spain from their Club World Cup campaign, which they won 1-0 over Brazilian side Gremio in the final.