This Friday, December 18, Athletic Club host SD Huesca at San Mamés (kick-off at 21:00 CET). The visiting side, promoted back to LaLiga this season, first came to Bilbao back in 2018-19.
It’s a fixture that will certainly hold a special place in the heart of Athletic’s left-back, Yuri Berchiche. It was during this match -Yuri’s second in the red-and-white stripes- that the marauding full-back got off the mark as a lion.
Athletic were already 1-0 ahead thanks a Markel Susaeta goal in the 47th minute, when Yuri hit the back of the net. In the 62nd minute, Raúl García played through Iñaki Williams, who ran into the box before cutting it back for an onrushing Yuri. The left-back took the pass first-time with his unfavoured right foot, smashing the ball off the deck and beyond the keeper’s reach.
Berchiche has scored seven more times for Athletic since. He got one more in 2018-19, against Levante, and six in 2019. Two goals against Granada -one in LaLiga and the other a vital away goal in the Copa semi-final– a brace against Sestao River, plus strikes against Real Betis and Tenerife.
Highlights I Levante UD 1-1 Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
A game of two penalties, as both sides get a point
Marcelino: “A victory for us would’ve been fair”
Marcelino bemoaned the defensive mistakes that led to Levante’s goal
Athletic held to frustrating draw by Levante
Despite constantly threatening, Athletic only pick up one point from a match where both goals came from the penalty spot
Confirmed line-ups: Levante UD vs Athletic Club
The XI’s for tonight’s LaLiga match at the Ciutat de Valéncia
Global TV Guide: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
When and where to watch Athletic’s upcoming LaLiga match against Levante UD
Marcelino: “We’re focused on winning tomorrow”
Marcelino looks ahead to Friday night’s LaLiga Santander match against Levante UD
Squad list: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Marcelino has called up 23 players for Friday night’s clash with Levante UD at the Ciutat de València
A big week against Levante
Athletic will face Levante twice in six days, starting with a LaLiga fixture on Friday (21:00 CET)
Raúl García: “The more difficult the challenge, the better”
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”
Raúl García signs contract extension until 2022
The agreement includes an option for a further season depending on a number of targets.