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Valverde's movements to get the European train for Athletic

Jesus Carames

April 9, 2023 | 1:54 p.m.

The Athletic Club coach seeks to recover the success of the past and avoid distractions in the final stretch of the season

Ernesto Valverde, Athletic Club's coach, is affected after the team's elimination in the Cup. Despite feeling comfortable at the club and having renewed his contract, Valverde does not take it for granted that he will continue to command the team next season if these are not met certain goals.

The technician wants make Athletic great again and compete at the highest level against any rival. For this, it is crucial to qualify for some European competition, since the club accumulates five dry seasons in this regard. After being left out of the final in Seville, Valverde focuses on the League.

Valverde's conditions to continue at Athletic

Valverde has made it clear to the club that he does not want distractions that separate the squad from the only objective: play in europe. If Osasuna fails to win the Cup final, the seventh place in the League will play in Europe, but the goal is to fight for sixth place.

Athletic is currently in seventh position, 7 points behind Villarreal and 8 behind Betis. Although the calendar is not easy, it does offer the possibility of facing each of the direct rivals: Real Sociedad and Betis must go through San Mamés, and then they will visit La Cerámica.

Without Europe, Valverde could step aside

If Athletic fails to qualify for any European competition, Valverde could consider that he has not met the objectives set. The coach, with a rigid morale, has already communicated to the Athletic president that if he deems it appropriate to replace him and has a relief from guarantees, he will not cause problems.

The lesser evil would be to finish seventh, since Osasuna is unlikely to win the Cup final against one of the best teams in the world. In that case, Athletic could qualify for the Conference League. Although it is not the Europa League, it would offer the opportunity to win a title and fulfill, at least in part, the European aspirations of the club.

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