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‘Athletic must kill off home games’
Ernesto Valverde has stressed the importance of Athletic Bilbao “killing off our home games” ahead of Saturday’s clash with Deportivo La Coruna.
Yeray delight at Athletic renewal
Athletic Bilbao defender Yeray Alvarez has expressed delight at signing a new contract at the club after recovering from testicular cancer.
Alaves want San Mames for final
Alaves owner Josean Querejeta has confirmed his club will call for this year’s Copa del Rey showpiece to be played at Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames stadium.
Rafinha suffers broken nose
Barcelona have confirmed that Rafinha broke his nose during Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.
Second-string Barca silence Athletic
Barcelona could afford to substitute Lionel Messi as their second string produced the goods in a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Barca v Athletic LIVE
Barcelona can't afford any more slip-ups against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga this afternoon - and it's LIVE on Football Espana!
Yeray Alvarez starts for Athletic Bilbao this afternoon against Barcelona, less than two months after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Enrique slams Barca ‘campaign’
Luis Enrique has slammed the Spanish Press for staging a hypocritical “campaign” against his Barcelona players.
Dortmund target Inaki Williams?
Borussia Dortmund would be prepared to meet the buy-out clause of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Inaki Williams, according to reports in Spain.
Athletic aim for Champions League
Athletic Bilbao are still aiming to qualify for next season’s Champions League after coming back to defeat Sporting Gijon 2-1, says boss Ernesto Valverde.
Athletic recall for Yeray
Yeray Alvarez has been called up for Athletic Bilbao’s clash with Sporting Gijon on Sunday, just a month after cancer surgery.
Draw a 'fair' outcome - Koke
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes his side’s 2-2 draw at San Mames on Sunday was a ‘fair’ outcome for both sides.
Top 3 unlikely for us - Cholo
Diego Simeone has admitted his side is likely to miss out on a top three spot due to their inconsistencies and Sevilla’s recent form.
Griezmann strike earns Atleti point
Antoine Griezmann's strike from distance 10 minutes from time earned Atletico Madrid a 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao.
Valverde: 'Athletic suit Atleti'
Ernesto Valverde admits Athletic Bilbao's tactics have played into the hands of Atletico Madrid in recent encounters between the teams.
Yeray available after cancer recovery
Defender Yeray Alvarez is back available for selection for Athletic Bilbao, less than a month after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
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.
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