Garitano: “It’s important to get points at San Mamés” | Athletic Club
First Team

Garitano: “It’s important to get points at San Mamés”

The boss previews Athletic’s upcoming LaLiga Santander match against Real Betis

Garitano: “It’s important to get points at San Mamés”
Garitano: “It’s important to get points at San Mamés”
Nov 22, 2020

Athletic Club manager Gaizka Garitano has said the lions are keen to put together a winning streak at San Mamés by taking three points against Real Betis on Monday (21:00 CET).
The lions are undefeated in their past two matches at San Mamés and another win will go some way to turning the stadium into a fortress again.
“We’ve won our past two home matches,” Garitano said at his pre-match press conference in Lezama. “We played a good match against Levante and had a great second half against Sevilla. “It’s important to get points at San Mamés, even without the help of the fans.”
The Andalusians are currently 10th in the LaLiga Santander table and a victory for Athletic on Monday will see the lions move level on 12 points with Betis.
“The team wants to win,” Garitano added. “We want to have the same number of points as Betis.
“They’ve got one win more than us and there’s a lot of evenly-matched teams in that part of the table.”
Garitano analysed Athletic’s opponents and stressed that his side will have to remain alert throughout the 90 minutes.
“Betis are very good technically and they move the ball well,” he said. “It’s something which means will have to pay attention in the press.
“Defensively they’re suffering at the moment and that’s something we must take advantage of.”
The manager signed off by reiterating the importance of being accurate in both boxes.
“The easiest thing is to work on organisation and the structure of play so that we are balanced,” Garitano said.
“But it’s difficult to improve accuracy in the boxes. In eight matches, our opponents have scored with practically every chance they’ve had.
“We have to be more accurate and effective, as well as being more precise with the final ball in order to create more clear chances on goal.”

+
Additional content
Related News
Highlights I Levante UD 1-1 Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Highlights I Levante UD 1-1 Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Feb 27, 2021

Highlights I Levante UD 1-1 Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)

First Team

A game of two penalties, as both sides get a point

See more
Marcelino: “A victory for us would’ve been fair”
Marcelino: “A victory for us would’ve been fair”
Feb 26, 2021

Marcelino: “A victory for us would’ve been fair”

First Team

Marcelino bemoaned the defensive mistakes that led to Levante’s goal

See more
Athletic held to frustrating draw by Levante
Athletic held to frustrating draw by Levante
Feb 26, 2021

Athletic held to frustrating draw by Levante

First Team

Despite constantly threatening, Athletic only pick up one point from a match where both goals came from the penalty spot

See more
Confirmed line-ups: Levante UD vs Athletic Club
Confirmed line-ups: Levante UD vs Athletic Club
Feb 26, 2021

Confirmed line-ups: Levante UD vs Athletic Club

First Team

The XI’s for tonight’s LaLiga match at the Ciutat de Valéncia

See more
Global TV Guide: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Global TV Guide: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Feb 26, 2021

Global TV Guide: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)

First Team

When and where to watch Athletic’s upcoming LaLiga match against Levante UD

See more
Marcelino: “We’re focused on winning tomorrow”
Marcelino: “We’re focused on winning tomorrow”
Feb 25, 2021

Marcelino: “We’re focused on winning tomorrow”

First Team

Marcelino looks ahead to Friday night’s LaLiga Santander match against Levante UD

See more
Squad list: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Squad list: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Feb 25, 2021

Squad list: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)

First Team

Marcelino has called up 23 players for Friday night’s clash with Levante UD at the Ciutat de València

See more
A big week against Levante
A big week against Levante
Feb 25, 2021

A big week against Levante

First Team

Athletic will face Levante twice in six days, starting with a LaLiga fixture on Friday (21:00 CET)

See more
Raúl García: “The more difficult the challenge, the better”
Raúl García: “The more difficult the challenge, the better”
Feb 24, 2021

Raúl García: “The more difficult the challenge, the better”

First Team

After extending his contract with Athletic Club until 2022, Raúl García expressed his intention to keep going “as long as he was up to the task of competing for this Club”

See more
Raúl García signs contract extension until 2022
Raúl García signs contract extension until 2022
Feb 24, 2021

Raúl García signs contract extension until 2022

First Team

The agreement includes an option for a further season depending on a number of targets.

See more