Iturraspe: Time will heal Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Iturraspe believes the first goal will be key in the crunch game against Valencia.

Saturday night's contest at Mestalla brings together La Liga's two biggest underachievers this season, with both sides dwelling in the bottom half and at risk of slipping into the relegation zone.

“These things are cured with time, there is no getting around it or downplaying it,” the 23-year-old remarked at a Press conference today.

“We want to achieve results and display a good game.”

Iturraspe thinks Los Leones have not had the rub of green in their last few visits to Mestalla.

“We've played good games there. Last year we nearly got the three points, but a goal from Roberto Soldado spoiled it.

“We will try to dominate, to have possession. That's our style. A lot can happen, but it is our intention to score first then do more.”

Iturraspe was also asked about the possibility of being asked to play in defence by Coach Marcelo Bielsa, and whether or not it's a good time to be playing Mauricio Pellegrino's Valencia.

“In training today we changed the system five times, and I tried out there. I'm available for the Coach and if he wants me to play there I'll give everything.

“At a club like Valencia it's normal for there to be a lot of talk if something goes wrong, but I think they can be dangerous at a time like this. Their fans will be fired-up.”

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