Athletic look lively in impressive display on Valverde’s first match back in charge
Athletic Club played out a goalless against Borussia Mönchengladbach in what was our first friendly of the new pre-season. It was a decent performance in which the Lions mostly controlled the 45-minute match.
Only a lack of accuracy in the box and a couple of good saves by the German’s side goalkeeper prevented Ernesto Valverde’s lads from winning the coach’s first game back in charge after five years.
Athletic were lively from the onset, putting Gladback under heavy pressure with a constant high press. The Germans barely had a sniff at Julen Agirrezabala‘s goal in the opening stages.
Nico also had a chance with a header from an Alex Berenguer cross. An opening goal seemed a certainty, and centre-back Dani Vivian was unfortunate not to put Athletic ahead, his header from Iker Muniain‘s corner being well saved by Gladbach’s keeper.