They are 11th in La Liga
Athletic Club de Bilbao is not living an easy season. After finishing 4th in the past few months and playing the group stage of the Champions League (finishing third) things are not easy in La Liga. They have been many months in the relegation zone and now they seem to improve a little, but Valverde has work to do. Let's review their latest results.
Data in La Liga
Standings: 11th (23 points, 5 above the relegation zone)
Villarreal 2-0 Athletic Club
Villarreal streak (making the 15th match without losing) did not have mercy with Basque visitors. Valverde opted to control the midfield but Villarreal were fast and direct and solved the game with goals from Cheryshev and Bruno (from the penalty spot).
Triple clash with Málaga
As is (oddly) usual, the Cup's match opponent coincided with La Liga's, so Athletic and Málaga have met three times in less than two weeks, with positive results for Valverde. The Liga one (home game) ended 1-1, with goals from Mikel San Jose (1-0, 70') and Javi Guerra (1-1, 78').
In La Copa, things were going very well so they could eliminate Xabi Gracia with a 0-0 at home and 1-0 in the second leg; Aritz Aduriz's goal at San Mamés was enough to classificat for the semifinals.
Levante 0-2 Athletic
Great result with very important points achieved against a direct opponent, in a equalized match (more than what could be though watching the result). Again, Aduzriz scored the goals.