ATHLETIC BILBAO NEWS

Ernesto Valverde has insisted that Athletic Bilbao “are going for fifth” in La Liga to avoid any summer qualifiers ahead of Sunday’s trip to Celta Vigo.
Paolo Maldini has spoken of his ‘admiration’ for Athletic Bilbao after receiving the One Club Man award from the Basques.
Villarreal defender Eric Bailly has reportedly emerged as Barcelona’s alternative to Jose Gimenez, Aymeric Laporte and Marquinhos.
Ernesto Valverde conceded Athletic Bilbao “weren’t superior” to Levante in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw and questioned the “fairness” of his side’s comeback.
Athletic Bilbao will be without Aritz Aduriz for Sunday’s trip to Levante, but Ernesto Valverde is optimistic of a speedy recovery from injury for the striker.
Ernesto Valverde reminds that Atletico Madrid aren’t the only side with objectives as they go to Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames.
Ernesto Valverde hailed Athletic Bilbao’s “incredible heart” as Sunday’s 1-0 win at Malaga moved them up to fifth in La Liga.
Ernesto Valverde accused La Liga of “victimising” its Europa League representatives as Athletic Bilbao prepare for an early kick-off against Malaga.
Athletic Bilbao have been dealt a fitness boost as Aritz Aduriz’s injury against Sevilla on Thursday is not bad as first feared.
Ernesto Valverde sympathised with Benat Etxeberria after the midfielder missed the decisive penalty in Athletic Bilbao’s quarter-final defeat to Sevilla on Thursday.
Unai Emery dismissed suggestions Sevilla were fortunate to overcome Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League quarter-finals as “luck has to be earned”.
Raul Garcia believes Athletic Bilbao can recover their Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla. ‘We’re very clear what we have to do.’
Ernesto Valverde is concerned by Sevilla’s set-piece threat as Athletic Bilbao go to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Europa League.
Kevin Gameiro tells Sevilla to be prepared for extra time in the Europa League quarter-final with Athletic Bilbao. ‘We know a lot can happen.’
Unai Emery sees the Europa League quarter-final second leg with Athletic Bilbao as a ‘great opportunity’ for Sevilla but stressed the need to focus.
Athletic Bilbao go to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-final second leg without Inaki Williams, who has a muscular injury.
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao’s luck had returned after Sunday’s narrow 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Ernesto Valverde says Athletic Bilbao are looking for “compensation” when they welcome Rayo Vallecano to San Mames on Sunday.
Ernesto Valverde has made it clear that Athletic Bilbao will go all out in their Europa League quarter-final second leg at Sevilla after Thursday’s 2-1 defeat.
Unai Emery insists Sevilla are not favourites to reach the Europa League semi-finals, despite Thursday’s 2-1 victory at Athletic in the last eight.
Grzegorz Krychowiak says Sevilla will greet Europa League opponents Athletic Bilbao ‘with respect’ and ‘the team is hungry.’
Unai Emery acknowledges the ‘Europa League means a lot to Sevilla’ but opponents Athletic Bilbao ‘want to do something big.’
Athletic Bilbao striker Artiz Aduriz is expecting a difficult tie against Europa League holders Sevilla. ‘They are very dangerous…’
Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde says the Europa League quarter-final with Sevilla is the game his side have been ‘dreaming of all season.’
Joaquin Caparros, former Coach of both Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla, sees their Europa League meeting as ‘very open.’
Athletic Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz admits he can only think short-term at 35 but isn’t concerned by his more advanced years. ‘It’s just a number…’
Sevilla’s Fernando Llorente is ready to play first club Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League but admits it will be ‘strange.’
Ernesto Valverde admitted he was “concerned” by Athletic Bilbao dropping points for a second game running after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Granada.
Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz has been named La Liga’s Player of the Month for March.
Ernesto Valverde says 35-year-old Carlos Gurpegui is “first choice” to replace Aymeric Laporte for Athletic Bilbao ahead of Sunday’s game against Granada.

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