Valverde: ‘Athletic suit Atleti’

Ernesto Valverde admits Athletic Bilbao's tactics have played into the hands of Atletico Madrid in recent encounters between the teams.

Diego Simeone's team have emerged victorious on each of the four occasions they have visited the new San Mames stadium in LaLiga, with the two sides set to lock horns once again this afternoon.

"Given how they play and how we play, it seems we fit perfectly into their style of play," Valverde said at a Press conference.

"They wait for us and they do a lot of damage to us on the counter attack. Let's see whether this time we are capable of winning.

"Atletico are all about effectiveness. They have good players, are good on the wings and have good forwards like Torres, Gameiro and Griezmann."

Athletic are currently seventh in LaLiga, with much debate among fans over whether their current style of play is getting the most out of Valverde's squad.

"Everything is decided by the result. Playing well, creating more chances than the opposition and conceding less. For me, that is clear.

"Generally, the team who has the most clear chances wins. It is about finishing your chances and creating dangerous situations."

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