Athletic confident for RM clash – Benat

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat is confident his side can make it twenty games unbeaten at home when they host Real Madrid on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde’s side only home defeat all campaign came in August when they lost 1-0 to Barcelona but have won 16 of the 19 games since including all of their last five in La Liga.

“We want to stretch our good run of form at home," Benat is quoted as saying on Athletic Club’s website.

"We need to continue to do what we are doing and we will give something extra because we will play against Real Madrid. This is an important game for us.

"We are very well and what we have to do is take advantage of the confidence we have in order to put them under pressure and take three points.

"The team is in good shape and we have a lot of confidence after winning the derby, we had a good game and we are really motivated to beat Real Madrid. Our idea is always to go out and win.

"It would be fantastic to go into the international break by beating Madrid.

"That would allow us to remain in touch with the high positions in the table, those that every team wants to be fighting for."