Athletic Club failed to accomplish their objective of getting a European position but, despite the setbacks suffered in LaLiga last week -with 6 goals conceded against Leganés and Granada-, they have completed a campaign with a remarkable defensive performance.
Gaizka Garitano’s side have conceded a total of 38 goals in the domestic competition, a number that means Athletic have set their best record in this respect in the 21st century so far. Until now, it was the squads managed by Enesto Valverde in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons who were the previous record holders -with 39 and 41 goals conceded, ending in 4th and 7thposition respectively-.
Athletic Club are also one of the sides who have leaked the fewest goals in the 38 league matches this season, levelling with FC Barcelona in fifth position and sitting behind Real Madrid (25), Atlético de Madrid (27), Sevilla (34) and Getafe (35). The six goals conceded last week prevented the lions from being placed third in this statistical ranking, a position they had occupied for the major part of the season.
Valverde: “It will be a good test of our form”
The boss previewed Sunday's LaLiga clash between Athletic and Granada at Los Cármenes (16:15 CET)
Adu Ares medical report
The forward is out of the squad for Sunday's match in Granada
Squad List: Granada CF vs Athletic Club (LaLiga MD16)
Ernesto Valverde will take 23 players to Nuevo Los Cármenes for Athletic's LaLiga Matchday 16 clash with Granada CF
Mikel Jauregizar makes his Athletic Club debut
The midfielder from Bermeo has become the fifth player to make his debut under Ernesto Valverde this season
Global TV Guide: Granada CF vs Athletic Club (LaLiga MD16)
When and where to watch Sunday's LaLiga EA Sports clash at the Nuevo Los Cármenes
Athletic advance in the Copa
The Lions, accompanied by a great following at El Sardinero, beat Cayón thanks to a Villalibre brace and a Nico Williams strike at the end
Match Pack: CD Cayón vs Athletic Club (Copa 2nd Round)
All you need to know ahead of our Copa tie against CD Cayon at El Sardinero, Santander (21:00 CET)
Squad List: CD Cayón vs Athletic Club (Copa 2nd Round)
Ernesto Valverde has called up 23 players for Thursday night's Copa clash at El Sardinero in Santander (21:00 CET)
Valverde: “It's a big occasion for all but we expect to win”
The boss spoke to the press ahead of Athletic's Copa match against CD Cayón on Thursday night (21:00 CET)
Tickets for Athletic Club vs UD Las Palmas are on general sale
The public tickets sale for the Canary Islanders' visit to Bilbao will start on Monday December 4