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Valverde and Athletic Club against Betis: summit or die

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Miguel Castillo

May 3, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.

The coach Ernesto Valverde talks about Lekue, Íñigo, Yeray, Muniain and the goal before the match

Ernesto Valverde, Athletic Club coach, has appeared at a press conference before this Thursday's match against Real Betis at the San Mamés Stadium, corresponding to matchday 33 of the League championship. Valverde has addressed issues related to his players and the rival, as well as the importance of the match.

A crucial match for both teams

Valverde has recognized that this game is "definitive" and a "final" for Athletic Club, since Real Betis is the rival that marks the sixth place and the three points are essential both for them and for the Bilbao team. In addition, he has highlighted that Athletic, being behind in the table, has a lot more at stake in this match.

The Real Betis, a complicated rival

Despite the fact that Betis is not in the same dynamic of results as in the first round, Valverde recalled that the Verdiblanco team made a spectacular start to the season and that, although now it does not show the same regularity, it is still a very even team and competitive.

Losses in defense and the situation of Lekue

Valverde has stated that, given the losses in defense, he is always looking for alternatives within the team. In relation to Lekue, he has indicated that the player was called up in the last game and, although he had a bit of a cold, he could count on him depending on his state of health.

Uncertainty about Íñigo Martínez and Yeray

On Íñigo Martínez, Valverde has commented that he did not train the day before, although he always saves "a bullet" in case there are surprises. As for Yeray, the coach has not been able to specify the player's time off due to the groin pain that he has been suffering from for some time.

The possible return of Muniain and the decision in the goal

Valverde hopes that, after this meeting, they can begin to count on Muniain, who is in the process of recovery. Regarding the goal, the coach has made it clear that he has decided who will be the starter, although he did not want to reveal his choice.

A key game in the final stretch of the League

This confrontation between Athletic Club and Real Betis is presented as a crucial duel in the fight for the European places. Valverde and his players face the match with the need to add the three points to get closer to their goal and keep the enthusiasm of the fans alive.

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