JIM urges caution ahead of Athletic

Real Valladolid boss Juan Ignacio Martinez has praised this weekend’s opponent Athletic Bilbao, claiming they can cause his men problems.

The Pucela face Los Leones in their first game of the campaign, and the Coach has admitted that it will be a tough test.

“[Coach Ernesto] Valverde showed with Valencia last season what he can do,” Martinez told a Press conference.

“He has only just started with Athletic, but they have good players with a lot of options.

“But we have made some good signings – improving the squad.

“We have to hit the ground running if we want to achieve our goal of safety.

“There is a League that involves Madrid and Barca, then one for the European places, and then another for relegation.”

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