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Athletic is filled with doubts before the Cup final | LaLiga Santander 2020

LaLiga Santander 2020-2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – 4:17 PM

Eibar starts a draw from San Mams in a very flat match by Marcelino’s men

Takashi Inui (r) and Yeray lvarez (i) dispute a ball.
Javier Zorrilla EFE

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If the thing consists in adding three points to get closer to the increasingly distant European goal, Athletic will fail in the attempt. If the priority was to charge with morale for the Cup final, too. Because his game this Sunday at San Mams ended in a draw against Eibar and because the sensations offered were far from the best. It is true that the gunsmiths, to which the point satisfies them, never seemed to be in a position to add the victory, but they tied up well an Athletic that seems to have lost the offensive spark in recent weeks. And although in a final neither the before nor the after does not matter, the Bilbao team does not arrive at its best. Nor in the worst, which is no more comfort.

Two weeks after that great date against Real Sociedad, Marcelino seemed to carry out a dress rehearsal, lining up the eleven players who a priori had the most tickets to start at La Cartuja. There were no surprises in that regard, confirming that right now De Marcos is ahead of Cover and that Winner Y Dani Garca they start as substitutes for Unai Lpez and Vesga. Now, the entry of the first two after the break completely open the options for the center of the field on April 3. Of course the final team is more open today than yesterday.

The feelings at the beginning could not have been more positive, with Athletic dominating more and opening the match with an extraordinary goal. From Marcos he took out the band, he drew a wall with Berenguer and sent the ball into the area. There appeared Yuri, whose brand I forgot Bryan Gil, to score his first goal of the season with a violent volley. She was focused, but so powerful that Dmitrovic did not have time to get between the ball and the goalkeeper.

History was unfortunately known for Eibar, who conceded a goal again before even being able to deserve it. The good thing about gunsmiths, despite their bad situation, is that adversity rarely takes them out of the game. A confidence in himself that will undoubtedly be useful to him in the tough final stretch of the season that lies ahead of him. Mendilibar, ratified until the end of the season with force by the Board of Directors this week.

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That faith was what allowed him to tie the duel just eight minutes after Yuri’s goal. Well, the faith and a gross mistake of Unai Lpez. The midfielder picked up the ball near the midfield with plenty of room to play it. But I decided to back off and back down until Kike Garca, insistent on pressure, he stole it from the front of the area. From then on, it was very easy for the battering ram to beat a Simon completely sold by his partner.

Shortly before, Eibar had claimed an action between Yuri and Aleix Garca. In other words, Kike’s goal was not an isolated flash, but part of a dynamic in which the match was balanced. Athletic was constantly looking for Williams with balls at the back of the defense, but Arbilla completed a colossal encounter, almost always surpassing him in speed. In attack, on the other hand, Eibar offered very little. Only a prodigious dribble by Bryan Gil before the break brought him closer to the second goal.

With the double pivot replaced, Athletic began the second half with a little more bro, thanks to the greater participation of Muniain in the game between the lines and a greater speed in the circulation of the ball. This new dynamic for Athletic did not last long, just for Dmitrovic to get a great hand from an attempted shot by De Marcos with his abdomen. Yes, as weird as it sounds. The changes were making the game thicker and thicker and only Williams, disastrous with the ball all afternoon, had a frank chance in the final stretch that finished terribly badly. Athletic might deserve something more, but it was so thick in attack (and Eibar so well in defense) that the tie was not at all squeaky.

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