Valverde: Fourth is what counts

Ernesto Valverde was not concerned that his Athletic Bilbao side failed to beat Basque rivals Real Sociedad this season.

Los Leones could only draw 1-1 with the Anoeta outfit on Sunday afternoon, but with fourth place already secured, the Coach wasn’t too fussed.

“If someone would have said at the start of the season ‘you can finish fourth but you can’t beat Real Sociedad’ I would have signed it in blood there and then,” he told a Press conference.

“At first I thought we lacked pace, but with the game at 1-0 it changed a lot. It was a nice match though, played with a great atmosphere.

“We’ve won 13, draw two and lost four at home, but you can never really be satisfied because today was a derby.

“We wanted to win, but it just wasn’t to be.”

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