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Athletic receives this Wednesday FC Barcelona in San Mamés, in the match corresponding to the second round (postponed) of LaLiga 2020-21, starting at 9:00 p.m. at La Catedral, with Marcelino García Toral as the new rojiblanco coach, according to informed the Bilbao club.
The zurigorri team will try to add their third consecutive victory at home against FC Barcelona, after defeating them in their last two official matches at La Catedral: on the first day of LaLiga 2019-20 and in the quarterfinals of the Cup of the same season , both with 1-0.
In addition, Athletic have only lost one of their last four games against Barcelona in LaLiga, leaving a clean sheet in two games, after losing the previous nine to them in the competition. At home, Athletic have not lost in their last two games against Barcelona in the domestic competition, without conceding a goal in them (0-0 in 2018-19 and 1-0 in 2019-20).
Marcelino will debut at the command of Athletic in a “high-altitude duel”, the Bilbao club highlighted. As it happens, he recalled that none of the last five Athletic coaches have lost in their debut match with the rojiblanco team in LaLiga (two wins and three draws), since José Manuel Esnal “Mané” in 2006. Bielsa tied at 1 Against Rayo Vallecano, Valverde beat Valladolid 2 to 1, Ziganda drew 0-0 against Getafe, Berizzo beat Leganés 2 to 1 and Garitano did the same against Girona, 1 to 0.
Marcelino García Toral was excited about his arrival in Bilbao, in his first statements after signing the contract that binds him to Athletic until June 2022. The Asturian coach said he was happy to have signed for a “historic” club and wanted to transfer his thanks for having trusted his coaching staff to lead the club.
He also conveyed his ambition upon his arrival in Lezama. “I have great enthusiasm and ambition. With the collaboration of each and every one of the footballers, we want the fans to see on the field what they want to see. If they see their team with that idea and with that philosophy that this entity has and, with which a whole town feels identified, we will have achieved the objective and we will be proud of it, “he said.
For his part, the president of Athletic Club, Aitor Elizegi, welcomed Lezama to the new technical and human team and affirmed that already in the first contact with the new coach he transmitted a message of “enthusiasm and desire”.