The Champions League dream is still alive for Athletic


The race for one of the top four spots is still open, but it is very difficult to remove Atlético, Barca or Girona themselves from the equation. I already consider Real Madrid as champions.

Adding seven consecutive victories in the League under the protection of your fans is not insignificant. Girona, Mallorca, Real, Las Palmas, Atlético, Rayo and Celta fell into the sanctuary of Bilbao. The rojiblancos feel unbeatable at home. To this list we can add two cup victories against Barca and Alavés to reach nine wins. A bestiality.

The Champions League requires very little failure and the points flown at home by the bottom teams can weigh like a weight, but, even with everything, the team is still two points behind Atlético and there is confidence knowing that they have been tied for half of the League in fifth place with 9 points more than Real and 10 more than Betis, the next rival. With 39 points at stake, anything can happen, but the feeling sent by this team, mainly at home, makes it very difficult for them to miss out on the Europa League. The Champions League is another story.

Loyal to a style

Monday’s rivalry lived up to expectations. Both coaches were true to their style and the show did not disappoint. Athletic worked hard to press high, blocking Girona’s exit routes and causing mistakes like Aleix García’s in the first goal.

In Bilbao, we tremble when Nico Williams experiences some discomfort or cannot be part of the game, and to a certain extent it is logical because he is a decisive player at certain stages of the season, but we are not fair to Berenguer, who takes advantage of the minutes given to him. Valverde admits. He added seven ‘cods’ in 1,224 minutes, a goal every two games. His contract expires in June and there is no better way to assert himself than to do so in green. Keeping it going shouldn’t be a problem.

The Barañain native was not the only one to shine. Prados has shown once again that the elite do not keep a secret from him and if we did not know him, we would think that he is already 200 games in the top category. Iñaki Williams looks like the player who went to the Africa Cup again. While still not 100%, he once again became decisive and was seen enjoying his actions. He could score a few more, but for now he is equal to Guruzeta with ten goals. The two of them had a good fight.

I don’t want to forget Unai Gómez or Yuri, a teacher when the big games come. The ball Vivian saved under the crossbar sums up the type of player he is. In short, a choral victory, one that makes the group grow.

Source: La Verdad


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