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Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club: Basque’s arrive at the Wanda in poor form

Atletico Madrid will host Athletic Bilbao at The Wanda Metropolitano, as Los Rojiblancos look to secure their second place spot in La Liga. Bilbao will be on a high, following their comfortable 3-1 victory in Russia, against Spartak Moscow. Although, in La Liga, they may have only three wins in 11 games, they are undefeated 11 of their last 12. Atletico Madrid too were on Europa League duties during the week as they travelled to Denmark, and beat Kobenhaven 4-1. History in this fixture however, heavily favour the Madrid club…

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Ziganda believes he and his side – can do better

Athletic Club boss Jose Angel Ziganda has discussed his side’s failings this season, claiming he and his players are in full belief they can do better. The Basque side approach Thursday evening’s Europa League tie with Russian side Spartak Moscow in relatively poor form, having not won a game since the 7th of January. Having been held to a dull 0-0 draw with Las Palmas at the weekend; Athletic are now under increasing pressure but Wednesday’s game could act as a good escape from their league troubles. “We have a…

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Athletic Club 0-0 Las Palmas: Hosts continue to struggle

Athletic Club continued to struggle as they were held at home to Las Palmas on Friday night at San Mames. The Basque hosts have struggled this season to find consistency and coach Jose Luis Ziganda will now feel even more pressure after a dismal performance against Paco Jemez’s men, who frustrated the San Mames crowd. Athletic had the better chances in the first half, with Inaki Williams proving to be their best outlet and the young winger almost opened the scoring late in the first period after a cross from…

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Jemez urges Las Palmas to be wise against Athletic Club

Las Palmas boss Paco Jemez has asked his players to play to their strengths in the Friday night fixture with Athletic Club. Home side Athletic begin the weekend in 13th but could move into the top half with a win at San Mames before the rest of the sides play later this weekend. Las Palmas are now four clear of bottom of the table Malaga following their win last week and are now just three points from safety albeit with the worst goal difference in the league of -33. The…

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Athletic Club boss Ziganda accepts criticism after poor results

Athletic Club boss Jose Luis Ziganda has accepted the criticism he has received after a stuttering season so far, which sees the Basque club sit in 13th place. The home side begin the weekend just above the relegation places but could move into the top half with a win at San Mames before the rest of the sides play later this weekend. Las Palmas are now four clear of bottom of the table Malaga following their win last week and are now just three points from safety albeit with the…

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Xabi Prieto speaks out following defender’s Basque switch

Real Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto has discussed Inigo Martinez’s decision to swap Basque clubs and join Athletic Club. Prieto has been a loyal player for La Real, featuring in over 500 games for the Basque side, however, he has watched in recent times – defender Martinez switch clubs and move to rivals Athletic. The centre-back was hauled in by Athletic to replace Aymeric Laporte, who departed for Premier League leaders Manchester City, leaving a sour taste in the mouth of Txuri-urdinak fans. Prieto, who has taken time out of training to…

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Yeray discusses happiness at return to Athletic Club

Yeray Alvarez has revealed his excitement at returning to action for Athletic Club after nine months on the sidelines. The Basque defender returned to football in the 2-0 defeat to Girona at the weekend after recovering from cancer a second time. His relapse came last summer whilst on international duty with the Spanish U21 side as medical examinations discovered an inflammation in the lymph glands and doctors were forced to put the talented centre-back into chemotherapy, meaning he missed his country’s European Championship campaign and a large part of the…

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Girona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao: Stuani’s great run of form continues

Íñigo Martínez’s debut for Athletic Bilbao ended in defeat on a cold, wet evening at the Montilivi. The Basque visitors had been undefeated since November. But, even the return of central defender Yeray after his fight with cancer was not enough to bring home the three points. The match had hardly begun before the first goal arrived, courtesy of a penalty kick. Inside the first ten minutes, Pablo Maffeo was judged to have been fouled by Andoni Lopez. The referee judged that Lopez had pushed Maffeo at the far post when the Girona right back was running…

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Real Sociedad act quickly replace Inigo Martinez with Mexican defender

Real Sociedad have made moves to sign Hector Moreno as a replacement for Inigo Martinez, who joined Athletic Club on Tuesday. Shock in Basque country on Tuesday saw Martinez switch clubs and join Athletic Club after they sold Aymeric Laporte to Manchester City earlier in the week. Martinez’s move from La Real leaves them with a gaping hole in their defensive back-line but the club have moved quickly to replace the Spanish international, making a tentative call to Italian side Roma about the availability of Hector Moreno. The Mexican defender…

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