Athletic Club VS FC Barcelona 2/10/2019 | Athletic Club’s Official Website
Matchday 23

Athletic Club0 : 0FC Barcelona

San Mamés
8:45 PM
Date and time
2/10/2019 - 8:45 PM

Great game and good point, despite deserving more

Athletic Club 0 FC Barcelona 0.

Feb 10, 2019

Athletic Club held FC Barcelona to a goalless draw at San Mamés. If we look at the most elementary theory, we find that a point against the outstanding leader is always a good thing.

Even more so if we take into account details such as the fact that, during this season, we have not been defeated by the blaugranas, that Ernesto Valverde’s coaches have played 38 consecutive league games scoring goals and that, after a week with a lot of back and forth, they have played against the red and white team with their best team available.

On the other hand, there is a bitter aftertaste, because from a quantitative and qualitative point of view, the best chances to score were for our team. In the first half, and afterwards, the good work of Ter Stegen kept his team on their feet, especially in options generated by Susaeta and Raúl García.

In the second half, the team coached by Ernesto Valverde pressed higher and for practically the first half hour had a monopoly on the ball, although our team returned to the defensive solidity of previous days. In the final stretch the red and whites counter-attacked very well and only the good work of Ter Stegen allowed the blaugrana to reach the end without being beaten and a handball from a Williams shot bears witness to this.

The relegation places are now four points away and Athletic are still immersed in that large group of teams that are simultaneously looking down and almost up. It is not for nothing that only eight points separate sixth place and the first relegation spot.