Thursday December 13 2012
Bielsa baffled by Athletic

Marcelo Bielsa admits that Athletic Bilbao deserved to be eliminated from the Copa del Rey, even if he cannot explain how it happened.

A 1-1 draw at home to Segunda Division B outfit and local rivals Eibar was enough for the minnows to progress on away goals, after the 0-0 first leg result from this Round of 32 match.

“It was not an unjustified elimination. I cannot offer arguments to explain the reality that faces us. But, I take responsibility, even if I cannot explain it,” Bielsa told reporters afterwards.

“You cannot explain the inexplicable. We had to have qualified, following on from the result in the first leg and against a team in a division below ours.

“There is no way to justify it. To face this situation I must analyse the game. It’s annoying even for me.

“After what we had offered, I think being eliminated in our stadium against a lower division team after a score from the first leg that made the game accessible for us… to confront that reality I cannot think of any explanation.

“Arguments, even if they are true, are irritating, because all they do is distort reality. I am sad and unfit to offer explanations, any of which would bother the recipients.”

Football Italia website