Under the rain with which Bilbao woke up today, Athletic Club’s first team has exercised behind closed doors in the facilities of Lezama. After the training session, Iñigo Martínez has talked about zurigorri news in a press conference. The defender is satisfied after recovering from the physical issues that made him miss the league start: ‘I’ve been starting badly for some years because of injuries and this time it hasn’t been easy because in the end I had to be out of the pitch for a long time. So now I’m trying to enjoy and bring the best of me to the team‘.
In the collective plane, however, the kick-off could not have been better for the red-and-white, who on Friday face in Mallorca the fourth league fixture: ‘We all like to start like this. Now the difficult thing is to maintain this moment, to continue in that line in which we are. The fans are supporting us every day and our only objective is to win the next match. It’s going to be very complicated because Mallorca has just gone up to First Division and has a lot of desire, but we have full confidence in our chances. We’ll go out on the pitch to win, which is what we have to do‘.
Iñigo Martínez also referred to the last call-up for the Spanish national team, in which his teammate Unai Núñez has been summoned: ‘I’m 100% happy for Unai. He deserves it because every time he has played he has done it wonderfully. He is a teammate with whom I spend a lot of time in the changing room and I’m very happy that he has been called and that he has been able to make his debut. Personally I knew that it would be difficult to join the list because I had not played the two previous matches. I’m calm because I know that if things go well here, I’ll have my chances to return to the Spanish national team‘.
INSIDE I Athletic Club – Real Madrid
Enjoy the images of the match between lions and whites
Work schedule until July 12
The first team of Athletic Club has the following work schedule planned until July 12, subject to last-minute changes
Muniain: “We must hold our head high”
Athletic’s number 10 recognises the value of a well-played game as they are “keeping up a good pace”, having now the upcoming clash against Sevilla in view: “Each point is precious”
“A very close match whose result was decided due to a small detail”
Gaizka Garitano expresses his disappointment for coming out empty-handed after a “very close match” and values the huge effort put in by his footballers
Painful defeat agaist Real Madrid
Athletic deserve to get a point as rivals pick up three points after Dani García’s disputed penalty on Marcelo
Medical update on Yeray Álvarez
The red-and-white defender suffered a twinge of pain in his right soleus muscle
Confirmed lineups: Athletic Club – Real Madrid
Check the starting lineups for the match corresponding to Matchday 34 in LaLiga
Matchday squad for the match against Real Madrid
Gaizka Garitano has selected 23 players for tomorrow’s match at San Mamés (Sunday 2.00 p.m.) in the 34th matchweek in LaLiga Santander
Garitano: “Every match is a final”
Athletic Club’s manager says “aiming to win the greatest team in LaLiga is a beautiful challenge”
Rivals by country: ITALY
AC Milan, rivals in the final of the 1956 Latin Cup. Today, 64 years ago, AC Milan became the first Italian rival, the first one of a total of 20 Italian clubs that Athletic Club has faced throughout its history