Gariz Gaizka advances in the Cup with its maximum respect to the contrary. The lions go from measuring themselves to two rivals like Intercity and Sestao River to a second one like Elche. The Athletic coach is aware that little by little the level of demand will rise. Although for now, the Bilbao team still carries the favorite poster. The First Command and does not want surprises.
Mister Rojiblanco explains that “in each tie the opponent is more difficult, now we have to play outside against a Second team that is doing a good season. No more We know that if we want to go far we have to pass rounds. We are the superior category and we have to pass. This competition makes us excited, we want to get as far as possible and we have this opportunity to continue progressing. ”
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Athletic is struggling to score goals in the League, but in the Cup it has shown some solvency, making three to Intercity and four to Sestao River. Garitano Thank you but mark distances. “Yes, it is true that we have scored goals, but with inferior rivals, it is not comparable to reality. Villalibre He made two (in Las Llanas), it gives you a shot and confidence to score goals. But this match will be more even, it is a second of the good of the category. For us the most important thing is to pass, it is true that in the previous two qualifiers we have scored quite a lot, but it is not the reality, they were from Third, ”he clarifies.
Asked by Elche, Mr. Rojiblancos shares a part of his analysis. “It is a team that we know well who follow football a bit and see teams. Play well, try to play. It has a field of the largest in Spain in terms of dimensions. TO Potato He likes to play well, treats the ball well and has players that resemble that style, ”he says. And then he adds that “we have maximum respect for the opponent, we are already seeing in the qualifiers the equality that exists, even with those of lesser category. And now, playing with one of the good guys in Segunda, you have to do it right and pass. ”
Yes, it is true that we have made goals, but with inferior rivals, it is not comparable to reality
Potato, coach of the ilicitana squad, has appeared hours before Garitano And he has undone in praise for Athletic, without hiding his admiration for the Bilbao club. “We have known him for a long time, it is a phenomenon. He is doing a great job with Elche, he has already directed several teams, he has experience, ”he says. And reiterates his mantra. “More than anything, we must do as in the previous two, have the utmost respect for the competition and play as in a League match, with that intensity and motivation. We have prepared it the same way, studying Elche, watching videos. What we do with anyone, with Real Madrid … We must try to make a good game and pass the tie, which is what we want, ”he emphasizes.
With respect to the state in which Martínez Valero's lawn may be after the climatological scourge suffered, Garitano indicates that “I think it will be fine, we played there recently … If it is for the weather we expect things to be fine and to play normal.”
In addition, it is a stadium they know first hand. It was the scene of his crossing with Intercity in the first round. “We know that it is a very large field, from what they say, the largest by its dimensions. It will not be an excuse that it is small, that it is in poor condition … We will play in a very good field, we have no complaint, we are happy to play there, knowing that they play at home and that they have the field factor in favor. But we want to move on and on in the competition, ”says the Derio coach.