Monday December 2 2013
Valverde: Athletic take confidence

Ernesto Valverde has reflected that Athletic Bilbao ‘take confidence’ from defeating Barcelona, but are not getting carried away just yet.

Becoming the first team to defeat the Catalans in La Liga this season thanks to Iker Muniain’s second-half goal, the Basques have moved up to fourth in the table.

“Being well ranked is not anecdotal because it shows that we are on the right track, but it is not much more significant than that,” qualified Valverde to reporters post-match.

“Today’s victory gives us confidence for how it was achieved, for the opponent we faced and what we suffered. Let’s enjoy this and see if we can seize the moment.

“There have been moments, especially in the first half, in which we were not well, because Barcelona pressed well and had gotten beyond our back-line.

“Physical preparation has relative importance. What I value is the psychological element, which is what drives you many times.

“A team which always has high intensity never decays.”

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