Eibar boss respects Athletic

Eibar Coach Gaizka Garitano is not lulled into a false sense of security by Copa del Rey opponents Athletic Bilbao's poor results.

The La Liga outfit have lost five of their last six in all competitions and therefore look like prime candidates to fall victim to a cup shock.

But Garitano, Coach of Segunda Division B side and fellow Basques Eibar, isn't fooled.

β€œI have the utmost respect for Bilbao, because they are very good,” the tactician, formerly a player for Bilbao's B team, remarked.

Garitano also dismissed fears that the pitch at Ipurua would be unplayable, after new turf was laid at the ground.

β€œIn the end the pitch will be fine. We have very few options, but we want to compete and that is the goal we have set.”

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