On Tuesday 22nd at 22:00 CET, Athletic Club take on Villarreal CF at the Estadio de la Cerámica. It will be the lions’ final fixture before Christmas, and after beating SD Huesca 2-0 at San Mamés last Friday, Gaizka Garitano’s side will be looking to keep the festive spirits high.
In the same fixture last season, Athletic earned a solid point against the Yellows. It was the second match in a run which saw the lions go undefeated over five games.
The game stood out due to the lions’ fine defensive performance, which in large part came down to goalkeeper Unai Simón‘s refusal to concede.
In addition to a string of acrobatic saves, Simón put his body on the line to frustrate Villarreal and keep a clean sheet, at one point even blocking a shot with his head.
The point also helped to keep Athletic’s recent good form at la Cerámica going. Over the last three seasons, the lions have not lost at Villarreal’s home turf, managing one win and two draws.
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.