Amorrortu: Athletic group ‘attractive’

Athletic Bilbao sporting director Jose Maria Amorrortu likes the look of the club's Europa League group draw.

Last year's finalists Bilbao will travel to France, Czech Republic and Israel to face Lyon, Sparta Prague and Kiryat Shmona in Group I.

“We have been drawn in a very attractive group,” Amorrortu told “Lyon and Sparta Prague have a lot of international experience.

“We will look to confront the section with the same spirit as we did last season, and just like last year, we are full of hope.”

The opening fixtures will take place on September 20. Marcelo Bielsa's side assured their re-entry to the competition with a spectacular 3-3 draw against HJK Helsinki in Finland last night, progressing 9-3 on aggregate.