Valverde: Aduriz better with age
Ernesto Valverde has hailed Aritz Aduriz as a player who gets better with age after his 100th Athletic Bilbao goal on Thursday against Partizan Belgrade.
Marcelino relieved after ‘difficult’ win
Marcelino spoke of his relief after Villarreal held on for a “difficult” 2-1 victory over Dinamo Minsk in Group E of the Europa League on Thursday.
‘Villarreal can only think of victory’
Marcelino isn’t considering anything other than a Villarreal win against Dinamo Minsk as ‘lose and it’s difficult to even be second’ in their Europa League group.
Valverde: Schedule hurts Athletic
Ernesto Valverde isn’t happy Athletic Bilbao are the early game on Sunday when they also play on Thursday, in the Europa League against Partizan Belgrade.
‘Athletic can’t relax’
Sabin Merino warned against Athletic Bilbao taking their foot off the pedal when Partizan Belgrade visit San Mames in the Europa League.
‘Villarreal have to prove themselves’
Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros wants the Yellow Submarine to prove their superiority against Europa League opponents Dinamo Minsk.
Marcelino rues Bakambu relapse
Marcelino lamented a potential relapse of Cedric Bakambu’s ankle injury following Villarreal 4-0 victory over Dinamo Minsk in the Europa League on Thursday.
Valverde revels in away triumph
Ernesto Valverde hailed Athletic Bilbao’s 2-0 Europa League win at Partizan Belgrade on Thursday as “one of our best away performances of the season”.
‘Villarreal must be patient and intense’
Marcelino wants to see patience and intensity from Villarreal against Dinamo Minsk as he warns a frustrating night could be in store.
Valverde coy on selection
Ernesto Valverde gave nothing away regarding the Athletic Bilbao XI to play Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League.
Valverde rues 'incredible' defeat
Ernesto Valverde lamented Athletic Bilbao's “incredible” 2-1 Europa League defeat to AZ on Thursday in light of the chances they missed.
Marcelino eyes Europa dominance
Marcelino has challenged Villarreal to dominate their Europa League group following Thursday's 1-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen.
‘League Athletic’s priority, EL a fantasy’
Ernesto Valverde says La Liga is Athletic Bilbao’s priority and the Europa League is ‘a fantasy’ but he still wants to beat AZ Alkmaar.
‘Villarreal have to prove themselves’
Villarreal Coach Marcelino agrees his side are better than Europa League opponents Viktoria Plzen but knows the team have to prove it.
Marcelino slams ‘disastrous’ defending
Marcelino slammed Villarreal’s “disastrous” defending for Rapid Vienna’s goals during Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League defeat in the Austrian capital.
Valverde ‘delighted’ with Athletic response
Ernesto Valverde said he was “delighted” with Athletic Bilbao’s attitude during their 3-1 victory over Augsburg in the Europa League on Thursday.
‘La Liga doesn’t make Villarreal favourites’
Marcelino rejects the suggestion that Villarreal are favourites to win the Europa League tie with Rapid Vienna simply because they’re from a stronger League.
Laporte wants long EL run
Aymeric Laporte hopes Athletic Bilbao go far in the Europa League, but knows Thursday’s opponents Augsburg will be tricky.
Valverde: Easy to win EL? Must be…
Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde joked it must be ‘easy’ to win the Europa League and confirmed three injury absentees.
Fortune favours La Liga in EL draw
Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao have both been dealt favourable hands in the Europa League group stage following Friday's draw in Monaco.
Valverde mixed after EL progression
Ernesto Valverde admits he has mixed feelings about Athletic Bilbao's 1-0 victory over Zilina in the Europa League playoffs on Thursday.
‘Athletic can’t play with a name’
Ernesto Valverde has told his Athletic Bilbao players that more is needed to overturn the Europa League deficit against Zilina than simply turning up.
Valverde: Zilina win a robbery
Ernesto Valverde has claimed that Zilina's 3-2 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League playoffs on Thursday came via “two robberies”.
Valverde: Supercopa an example
Ernesto Valverde wants Athletic Bilbao to use the Supercopa de Espana win over Barcelona as a benchmark but warns against complacency in the Europa League.
Valverde demands Zilina caution
Ernesto Valverde has urged Athletic Bilbao to be wary of the threat posed by MSK Zilina. “They’re a team who find it easy to score goals”.
UEL playoffs: Athletic face Zilina
Athletic Bilbao have been paired with Slovakian side MSK Zilina in Friday’s Europa League playoff draw.
Valverde impressed with Athletic control
Ernesto Valverde says he was impressed with Athletic Bilbao’s ability to see out their Europa League qualifier against Inter Baku.
Athletic lead ‘not definitive’
Ernesto Valverde has warned Athletic Bilbao aren’t through to the next round of the Europa League yet. ‘Inter Baku have to score here.’
Valverde wants more from Athletic
Ernesto Valverde says he wants more from Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier against Inter Baku, despite Thursday’s 2-0 win.
Valverde: Athletic ready for EL
Ernesto Valverde believes Athletic Bilbao are ready to begin their Europa League campaign by facing Inter Baku but warns against complacency.
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