Athletic Club’s new head coach Marcelino stated he was pleased with how the lions performed during his first game at the helm and reiterated better results will come as a consequence of the work done in training.
The rojiblancos lost 2-3 to FC Barcelona at San Mamés. The lions took the lead through Iñaki Williams, before Pedri and Messi put Barça 1-3 up. Iker Muniain grabbed a consolation goal in the 90th minute, but there wasn’t enough time for Athletic to find an equaliser.
“Hard work will give us positive answers,” Marcelino said during his post-match press conference. “Today it was clear what our intention is. That of the coaching staff and the players.
“The team will get better and positive results will come. We must be more intense and stronger in defence. If we are solid, we’ll be safer.”
The new gaffer highlighted Athletic’s “great start to the match” and the effort made by his players against a “great Barça”.
“We started the match phenomenally,” Marcelino said. “In the first 20 minutes, we were what we want to be: agile, quick and offensive without conceding chances at the back.
“Barça’s first goal hurt us a lot and when we were recovering they got a second.
“We started the second half well and had two chances to equalise. Despite being 1-3 down, the team kept going and looked to score goals.”
Going for a third final in 2021
Athletic face Levante at the Ciutat de Valéncia on Thursday in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals (1-1 first leg).
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”