Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera believes the Basques should be eyeing a European place this season, but must improve their away form.

Ernesto Valverde’s men visit Malaga on Monday having taken just six points from a possible 18 on their travels this term, and Herrera acknowledges it is a cause for concern if they want to achieve their objectives.

“We are capable of being among the top six or seven teams in La Liga but in truth we need to improve away if we want to get into Europe,” he told assembled reporters, whilst exercising a note of caution regarding a Champions League spot.

“It’s nice to have been in the top four all season but we must be careful. Last year we were talking about the same thing and ended up not being safe until three games before the end of the season.

“It’s a long campaign but still good that people have hope,” he reflected.

On a personal level Herrera believes he should be getting more goals than he does.

“I try to help the team and always want the ball, which is one of my strengths. But I’ve got to improve, not so much in getting into the box but getting on the end of chances.

“That’s something I must learn from players like Aritz Aduriz, Oscar de Marcos and Mikel San Jose.”




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