“Now we are eight teams and we have a chance to get to that final and we all stick to our own with great gusto and energy and that will make them(the semifinals) look very nice and with qualifying opportunities for all of the teams”—Gorka Iraizoz on the Europa League semifinals
“We have no doubts. We know what to do, go out with the same mentality as always, to impose our game and the failure to harvest good results in recent days is not going to make us out with doubts and fears”—Javi Martinez on the match against Schalke 04 in Germany.
Call-ups for the match Thursday against Schalke 04!
El mister has called up: Iraizoz, Toquero, Aurtenetxe, Amorebieta, San José, Iturraspe, Llorente, De Marcos, Gabilondo, Koikili, Raúl, Susaeta, Iraola, Iñigo Pérez, Muniain, Ander Herrera, Ekiza, Javi Martínez, Ibai, Ramalho and Peña.
David Lopez will not travel with his teammates due to a sprained ankle. Animo David!
The match on Thursday will be played at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen. It begins at 21:05 CET, 3:05pm EDT and 12:05pm PDT.
Athletic Club players Ander Herrera, Javi Martinez, and Fernando Amorebieta presented their new “smart” Adidas boots. During the presentation, the three young lions talked about the Copa del Rey as an important, particularly exciting challenge, but of course they didn’t forget about the Europa League.
As is familiar for Athletic, we couldn’t really make a dent away from home. The team definitely had issues attacking as we could only get 3 shots in compared to Atletico’s 21. Javi Martinez’s goal in extra-time could only serve as consolation for a game that we probably weren’t going to make any headway in anyway.
This loss sends us to 9th place in the league. It’s easy to let the last two performances get you down, but the league doesn’t end until May folks, and these lions don’t sit around and wait. There is still much to look forward to.