Barcelona He’s already defeated Barcelona twice this year
Athletic Club will travel to the Camp Nou for their Tuesday night match against Barcelona well aware of what it feels like to defeat the Blaugrana.
Athletic Club have done so twice already this season, winning 1-0 once in the opening round of the LaLiga Santander season and also winning 1-0 in the Copa del Rey.
Both those victories came in Bilbao and now they’ll have to try to do it in Catalonia, but coach Gaizka Garitano has a plan.
“We have a plan that we’re going to work hard on,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“We need to our players to know what they’re doing and to do things well.
“When we have chances, we must take them.
“Leganes had two clear chances against Barcelona, but you have to take them to finish with a good result.”
In the previous meetings this season, Athletic Club defeated Barcelona with two very different systems – winning with a back four once and with a back three once.
Garitano wouldn’t reveal how he’d set his team up this midweek, but it is known that he’ll be without starting left-back Yuri since he is suspended.
“It’s an opportunity for others,” Garitano said of the veteran’s absence.
“We have Mikel Balenziaga, Oscar De Marcos, Inigo Lekue…
“When I use any of them I am content.
“It’ll all depend on whether we play with a back three or a back four.”