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Athletic starts at home

Athletic urgently needed Monday’s victory at Ramón de Carranza (0-4). “We have to add the three points, we have only won one away game, with three draws. We have many defeats, “he said. Marcelino Sunday in the preview of the game. No sooner said than done. The rojiblancos passed over the Andalusians with an excellent first in which they scored three goals, two of Berenguer and one of Unai Lopez. The room marked it Williams in the second half to end the second away victory of the 2020-21 season after the one won in Ipurua against Eibar on the third matchday. To this must be added the three draws achieved in the visits to Getafe, Valencia and Villarreal. The rest are lost games: Granada (2-0), Alavés (1-0), Osasuna (1-0), Valladolid (2-1), Real Madrid (3-1) and Barça (2-1).

The Bilbao team now has nine points away from home in eleven games played. It is a very poor background when 23 league matches have already been played, although the victory in the Silver Cup serves to start away from home, one of the deficits of this course. So much so that at the moment the current Athletic is the sixth worst away from home in the League with three per victory. There are two other campaigns with these same records and five with worse numbers: 8 points in 2016-17 and 7 in the 2005-06, 2004-05, 2000-01 and 1995-96 campaigns, the first with the scale used actually. Therefore, a tie would only have served to tie these four courses and a defeat would have left the team Garitano Y Marcelino as the worst in this stage of 26 years.

There is another record that also clearly indicates the problems of lions at home. Before the game at Carranza, they were the worst in the current league as visitors, although it is true that they had one game less, the postponed against Atlético de Madrid by the temporary Filomena that will be played on March 10 at the Wanda Metropolitano ( 19 hours). Now, the lions have abandoned the bottom position in this partial classification of First. They add 9 points, the same as Getafe, Alavés, Granada and Elche and one more than Huesca.

After playing this Sunday against Villarreal in San Mamés, the team of Marcelino will visit Paco López’s Levante on Jª 25, the first of two consecutive games at the Ciutat de Valencia. The second will be the return of the Cup semifinal, which can give the ticket to the second game for the title in just fifteen days.