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‘Sevilla like a basketball team!’
Ernesto Valverde is concerned by Sevilla’s set-piece threat as Athletic Bilbao go to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Europa League.
‘Sevilla ready for 90 minutes or more’
Kevin Gameiro tells Sevilla to be prepared for extra time in the Europa League quarter-final with Athletic Bilbao. ‘We know a lot can happen.’
Emery: Sevilla have great opportunity
Unai Emery sees the Europa League quarter-final second leg with Athletic Bilbao as a ‘great opportunity’ for Sevilla but stressed the need to focus.
Williams out of Sevilla-Athletic
Athletic Bilbao go to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-final second leg without Inaki Williams, who has a muscular injury.
Valverde: Luck has returned
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao’s luck had returned after Sunday’s narrow 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Valverde eyeing Athletic ‘compensation’
Ernesto Valverde says Athletic Bilbao are looking for “compensation” when they welcome Rayo Vallecano to San Mames on Sunday.
Valverde issues Athletic rallying cry
Ernesto Valverde has made it clear that Athletic Bilbao will go all out in their Europa League quarter-final second leg at Sevilla after Thursday’s 2-1 defeat.
Emery: Athletic tie still 50-50
Unai Emery insists Sevilla are not favourites to reach the Europa League semi-finals, despite Thursday’s 2-1 victory at Athletic in the last eight.
Krychowiak: Respect for Athletic
Grzegorz Krychowiak says Sevilla will greet Europa League opponents Athletic Bilbao ‘with respect’ and ‘the team is hungry.’
Emery: Europa League means a lot
Unai Emery acknowledges the ‘Europa League means a lot to Sevilla’ but opponents Athletic Bilbao ‘want to do something big.’
Aduriz: Sevilla very dangerous
Athletic Bilbao striker Artiz Aduriz is expecting a difficult tie against Europa League holders Sevilla. ‘They are very dangerous…’
‘Athletic dreaming of Europa League’
Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde says the Europa League quarter-final with Sevilla is the game his side have been ‘dreaming of all season.’
‘Athletic-Sevilla is open’
Joaquin Caparros, former Coach of both Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla, sees their Europa League meeting as ‘very open.’
Aduriz: Age just a number
Athletic Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz admits he can only think short-term at 35 but isn’t concerned by his more advanced years. ‘It’s just a number…’
Llorente: Strange to play Athletic
Sevilla’s Fernando Llorente is ready to play first club Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League but admits it will be ‘strange.’
Valverde ‘concerned by dropped points’
Ernesto Valverde admitted he was “concerned” by Athletic Bilbao dropping points for a second game running after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Granada.
Aduriz best player for March
Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz has been named La Liga’s Player of the Month for March.
Veteran Gurpegui to replace Laporte
Ernesto Valverde says 35-year-old Carlos Gurpegui is “first choice” to replace Aymeric Laporte for Athletic Bilbao ahead of Sunday’s game against Granada.
Laporte looking at four months out
Aymeric Laporte’s season is over after it was confirmed the Athletic Bilbao defender will need three to four months to recover from a fractured ankle.
Athletic working on San Jose deal
Athletic Bilbao are said to be working on a renewal for in-demand Spain international Mikel San Jose.
Season over for Laporte?
Athletic Bilbao could be without Aymeric Laporte for the rest of the season after the defender suffered an ankle fracture while on France Under-21 duty.
Del Bosque: Aduriz adapted perfectly
Vicente Del Bosque praised Aritz Aduriz after his scoring turn for Spain in the draw with Italy.
Aduriz: Easy with these players
Aritz Aduriz enjoyed his return to the Spain fold after he scored in La Roja’s 1-1 draw with Italy.
Laporte stretchered off in France
Aymeric Laporte stretchered off during France Under-21s’ game against Scotland but it’s not known if the Athletic Bilbao defender suffered serious injury.
Barca want Gameiro, Laporte?
Barcelona reportedly want a striker with La Liga experience next season, possibly Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro, and Aymeric Laporte could be an option in defence.
Morata: Aduriz call normal
Alvaro Morata sees nothing unusual in Artiz Aduriz’ call to the Spain squad and says he ‘wishes Diego Costa was here.’
‘San Jose, Sergi or Koke for Busquets’
Vicente Del Bosque has decided the Spain XI to play Italy but didn’t confirm if Mikel San Jose, Sergi Roberto or Koke would replace Sergio Busquets.
‘Aduriz call-up on merit’
Vicente Del Bosque revealed Aritz Aduriz was grateful for the call to the Spain squad but he told him ‘you’re here thanks to yourself.’
Jemez ‘can’t say no to Spain’
Paco Jemez insists speculation he’ll succeed Vicente Del Bosque is just rumours but ‘no Coach is going to say no.’
Del Bosque: Costa is demonised
Vicente Del Bosque believes Diego Costa has been unfairly judged, while Aritz Aduriz was called to Spain ‘on merit, not pressure.’
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