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Ernesto Valverde analyzes the decisive confrontation between Athletic Club and Sevilla FC

Jesus Carames

April 26, 2023 | 5:52 p.m.

The Athletic coach addresses the situation of Iñigo Martínez and Muniain

Ernesto Valverde has appeared at a press conference to discuss the matchday 31 between Athletic Club and Sevilla FC of LaLiga Santander. The Athletic coach has spoken on various topics, including the state of his key players and the importance of this match.

Mendilibar and his impact on Sevilla

Valverde highlights the good moment of Sevilla under the direction of Mendilibar, highlighting his aggressiveness and pressure in the high field. In addition, he points out that Sevilla has very good players and that his position in the table was unreal.

The fight for European positions

The Athletic coach highlights the importance of scoring three points against an opponent at a good moment and staying in the fight for European places. He assures that each match won means a lot and that tomorrow's match is very important.

The situation of Ander Herrera and Óscar de Marcos

Valverde comments that he sees Ander Herrera doing well and that he could be ready to start again. As for Óscar de Marcos, the coach prefers not to reveal his opinion about the player and ensures that this conversation must take place between the club and the footballer.

The pressure in the locker room

Valverde believes that pressure is necessary to play and face any situation. He assures that it is better to have pressure for fighting for something important than not having it for not risking anything.

Substitution of Inaki Williams

The Athletic coach explains that the change of Iñaki Williams was due to the fact that Berenguer could bring freshness and other things to the team, but he does not rule out that another day it could be another player's turn.

The starting eleven

Valverde affirms that there are no fixed players in the eleven and that everything depends on the results and the team's performance in attack and defense.

The state of Iñigo Martínez and Muniain

Valverde informs that Iñigo Martínez has doubts and that it will be difficult for him to be in the match, while Muniain has not trained and will not be in the match.

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