Aduriz revels in ‘happiest night’

Aritz Aduriz has claimed that Friday’s 4-0 victory over Barcelona will be his “happiest night” if Athletic Bilbao secure the Supercopa next Monday.

The veteran striker fired Los Leones into a significant lead ahead of next week’s return leg in Catalonia, thanks to a second-half hat-trick at San Mames, and he is confident that his side will hold on for the trophy, providing they “carry out our philosophy”.

“We’re very pleased, but we know how difficult it is to win at Barcelona,” he said after the game.

“Coming back from four-nil down is almost impossible, but the second leg will still be very difficult.

“If we win the trophy on Monday then tonight may be the happiest night I’ve ever had with Athletic.

“[However], we can’t think that [this result] will be enough at Barca’s stadium.

“[In the second leg], we must be ourselves, do what we’ve been doing, try to get a goal and be strong defensively.

“All our goals were important. On the pitch, we’re always just trying to carry out our philosophy.”

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