Iraola: Mallorca win ‘essential’

Athletic Bilbao defender Andoni Iraola has called his side's game against Mallorca on Saturday 'essential'.

Los Leones host the Islanders this weekend looking for the three points that could take them up to 12th in the table on 41 points.

And the full-back has admitted that breaching the 40-point barrier is vital.

“For us this is an essential match,” he told a Press conference. “The difference between winning and losing will be huge for us.

“A win would make us a lot calmer. If we weren't to get to 41 points, it's clear that things would be a lot more complicated.

“Mallorca are a team that aren't afraid to take risks and that makes them dangerous.

“We will need to tighten up at the back and be prepared for a tough match.”

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