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Athletic Club will maintain its preseason in Lezama

Athletic Club will maintain its preseason in Lezama

Jeickson Sulbaran

May 23, 2024 | 12:00 p.m.

The red and white club chooses to train at home and will prepare in Lezama, unlike the previous season

El Athletic Club Bilbao has decided to keep its preseason in Lezama, choosing to train at their headquarters and avoid long trips, unlike the previous season in which they traveled to Mexico. This decision will allow the team to focus on its preparation without the inconvenience of international travel, although friendly matches are planned against teams from Germany, Italy or England.

Last preseason, which included a trip to Mexico, turned out to be a success as the Athletic Club He managed to end 40 years without winning the Cup and qualified for the Europa League. Despite these good results, Ernesto Valverde and the club's sports managers have decided that the team will train in Lezama, where some maintenance works are being carried out that will not affect the normal development of training.

Valverde repeats the 2016 formula, training in Lezama and playing friendlies in Europe

Valverde has decided to repeat the formula of the summer of 2016, training in Lezama and playing friendlies in Europe. In that year, Athletic faced teams such as Girondins de Bordeaux, Nantes, Southampton, Borussia Dortmund, Hoffenheim and Schalke 04. This strategy allowed the team to maintain a high level of preparation without the need for long concentrations outside their usual environment.

Athletic Club will maintain its preseason in Lezama

The only possibility for the club to modify its plan is for LaLiga to offer some interesting proposal. The status of Cup champion and the good image of Bilbao and Bizkaia during the barge celebrations. As well as participation in the Europa League, make Athletic an attractive team for events organized by LaLiga.

Previous preseasons: Austria and the Netherlands as favorite destinations

Athletic has had previous preseason experiences in Austria and the Netherlands. In 2003 and 2004 the team concentrated on Papendal and Dwyngeloo in the Netherlands. In its second stage, Valverde chose Leogang and Saafelden in Austria as destinations for the preseasons. In 2015, the team traveled to Boise, United States, for a friendly, but in 2016, as will happen now, Athletic trained exclusively in Lezama.

This strategy of staying in Lezama seems to be the preferred option for Valverde and his team. Allowing Athletic Club to fully concentrate on its physical and tactical preparation without the distractions and wear and tear that long trips entail.. With this planning, the club hopes to be in the best possible shape to face the challenges of next season in LaLiga and the Europa League.

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