Valverde: Athletic merited win

Ernesto Valverde thought his Athletic Bilbao ‘merited’ their win over Levante on Saturday night.

Goals from Mikel Rico and Aritz Aduriz gave Los Leones a 2-1 win yesterday evening, and the Coach was insistent that it was a deserved three points.

“We merited that win,” he told a Press conference. “We put in a great effort. You should see my lads – they are exhausted.

“The danger when you’re a goal down is that you have to risk a lot to try and get back in the game, but this team has a lot of confidence and that showed.

“Despite starting with a good rhythm, I thought we slowed down in the first half.

“We want a first-paced game from start to finish, so even if we slow down for a few minutes, it affects our game.

“We came good towards the end though.”

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