‘Athletic the most important thing’

Despite not finding the net so far this season, Aritz Aduriz is delighted with Athletic Bilbao’s start to the season.

Los Leones have won three of their first four games, including their first one at the new San Mames stadium.

And even though he hasn’t bagged himself, the goalscorer is pleased with the opening matches.

“So far I have not scored a goal, but I feel good,” he told AS. “The first thing is the team.

“We have nine points at this point, so we have to be satisfied.

“I would like to be at my best, and that means scoring goals. But other people are scoring at the moment, which is good.

“We have illusions of fighting for higher places, but we have to go step by step.

“We had a pretty bad year last year, and it will take a while for our mentality to change.”

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