ATHLETIC BILBAO NEWS
Athletic suffer double blow
Aritz Aduriz and Benat Etxebarria will miss Athletic Bilbao’s visit of Atletico Madrid after picking up bans in Saturday’s stalemate with Leganes.
‘Yeray working on Athletic return’
Ernesto Valverde has revealed that Yeray Alvarez is already working on his Athletic Bilbao return after the defender’s successful cancer surgery.
Enrique issues Barca warning
Luis Enrique warned Barcelona they “must clearly work on” killing games off before thinking about silverware after their narrow Copa del Rey progression.
‘Barca, just renew Messi!’
Luis Suarez insists Barcelona should “just renew” Lionel Messi’s contract and ignore common sense after the No 10’s tie-winning goal against Athletic Bilbao.
Magical Messi takes out Athletic
MSN all got on the scoresheet, but it was Lionel Messi’s night as his free kick took Barcelona past Athletic Bilbao and into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Barca v Athletic LIVE
Barcelona must overturn a 2-1 deficit against Athletic Bilbao if they are to take their Copa del Rey defence into the quarter-finals - and it’s LIVE!
Line-ups: Barca-Athletic (1-2 agg.)
Ivan Rakitic is back in the Barcelona squad but only as a substitute against Athletic Bilbao, who start without first-leg hero Aritz Aduriz.
Pellegrino applauds Alaves defence
Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino has praised his side’s defensive solidity and work-rate after they earned a point in a scoreless draw in the San Mames.
‘Athletic know how to play Barca’
Ernesto Valverde praised Athletic Bilbao for their 2-1 victory over Barcelona on Thursday but insisted “it’s not the first time we’ve played like this against them”.
Lucho: Refs have it tough…
Luis Enrique leapt to David Fernandez Borbalan’s defence after refereeing controversy in Athletic Bilbao-Barcelona. “It’s one of the hardest jobs there is…”
Nine-man Athletic beat Barca
Nine-man Athletic Bilbao held on to draw first blood in their Copa del Rey last-16 tie with Barcelona after a 2-1 win in Thursday’s first leg.
Athletic v Barca LIVE
After Real Madrid-Sevilla yesterday, it’s Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona’s turn in the Copa del Rey last 16!
Barcelona name a full-strength XI against Athletic Bilbao, who are without Oscar de Marcos, in this Copa del Rey last-16 first leg.
Yeray to return to Athletic squad
Athletic Bilbao defender Yeray Alvarez will be incorporated back into the first-team squad and needs no further 'complimentary treatment' for cancer.
Valverde linked with Barca
Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde is the latest name to be linked with replacing Luis Enrique at Barcelona at the end of the season.
MSN back for Athletic
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have been included in Barcelona’s squad to face Athletic Bilbao, despite their extended Christmas break.
Laporte open to offers
Athletic Bilbao centre half Aymeric Laporte has not ruled out a future move away from the club, despite turning down an offer from Manchester City this summer.
Yeray thanks wellwishers
Athletic Bilbao defender Yeray Alvarez has put his gratitude on record after the encouragement he has received following his diagnosis for testicular cancer.
Yeray diagnosed with cancer
Athletic Bilbao defender Yeray Alvarez will undergo surgery next week after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Copa Del Rey last 16 draw
The draw for the last sixteen of the Copa Del Rey produced some mouth-watering prospects as many top sides were paired against each other.
I still have a lot to offer - Aduriz
Aritz Aduriz still believes he has ‘a lot to offer’ to Athletic Bilbao after signing a new contract at San Mames on Wednesday.
New Athletic Aduriz deal
Athletic Bilbao have confirmed star striker Aritz Aduriz has agreed a new contract with the club which will see his stay at San Mames extended until June 2018.
'Celta were clearly better' - Valverde
Ernesto Valverde has confessed Celta Vigo were ‘clearly superior’ to his Athletic Bilbao on Monday night, despite the victory for the Basques.
Muniain: Critics exaggerate
Iker Muniain claims criticism of Athletic Bilbao’s poor away form is exaggerated. “For some, not winning away from home is akin to the world ending.”
Trio learn EL last-32 fate
The draw for the first knockout stage of the Europa League has taken place with Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and Celta Vigo all involved.
Aduriz & Garcia back for Athletic
Athletic Bilbao welcome back key duo Raul Garcia and Aritz Aduriz for their trip to Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.
Valverde praises Athletic squad
Ernesto Valverde took time to praise Athletic Bilbao’s strength in depth after his side defeated Eibar without suspended duo Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia.
‘Eibar mustn’t intimidate Athletic’
Ernesto Valverde is urging Athletic Bilbao not to let Eibar “change” their style of play too much ahead of Saturday’s Basque derby.
Leganes loan Athletic's Herrerin
Leganes have completed an emergency loan deal for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Iago Herrerin until the end of the season, the club have confirmed.
Valverde: Second goal finished us
Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde admitted Las Palmas' second goal was a body blow for his side from which they could not recover.
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