The coach of Athletic Club appeared at the press conference before the match against Granada, and, despite the 21 points separating the two teams in the table, he stressed that for them, the visit of Los Cármenes “is not a litmus; that’s a game.”
“They didn’t start well, but they got all the points except one at home, and they have good players and arguments to be better. But when you’re in a negative dynamic, it’s more complicated,” said the Extremadura coach.
In addition, he recalled that “it is generally a difficult field for Athletic,” while considering the “needs” of the local team and its new coach, the Uruguayan Alexander Medina, risk: “It seems his idea now is to build the team on the defensive side. At the Bernabéu, they didn’t have much of an attacking role, but tomorrow will be different. They play at home; they have an obligation to go up. “We look forward to the approach, even if the players are the same.”
Granada – Athletic Lineup: Possible lineups for Granada and Athletic in today’s LaLiga EA Sports match
But if he did anything today before the media, it was to praise the great protagonist of the Spanish football week: Bryan Zaragoza. And he commented, of course, on his signing with Bayern Munich: “He had an amazing start to the season, with goals and one-on-one games that were solved in a different way. This is where his signing with Bayern came from. He is a player who is considered to have great potential and a bright future. Let’s see if we can prevent it because without space, it’s very dangerous and it ends well. “
However, Valverde hopes to take advantage of the sweet moment they have passed and is optimistic about the options to add a new victory at Los Cármenes that will consolidate them in fifth place because he sees his team as “balanced” and with “a good internal perspective” inside the locker room.
Warning from Cacique Medina, Granada coach, to Bryan Zaragoza
Of course, he knows that if they come out relaxed, that positive inertia is useless: “That’s good because it gives us confidence and we’re happy. Trust where we are,, and you have to pass that test. What has been achieved belongs to the past. Tomorrow is what we have to prove.”
It is worth noting that Athletic has 11 points from a possible 15-10 of the last 12 in five games without defeat, a good streak that extends to seven games without defeat if we add the two Cup rounds that have already been completed to it.