Athletic is standing out at the start of the season for its good defensive work. The rojiblancos have only conceded one goal and it was against Barça in San Mamés. Iñigo Martinez overtook the lions and Memphis Depay, the best culé on the Bilbao lawn, already tied when the local team lowered their physical performance. The team of Marcelino they have kept a clean sheet in the other three games, 0-0 in the visit to Elche, 0-1 in Balaídos and 2-0 against Mallorca.
They are the best records in the League of three points per victory, matched with those achieved in the 2019-20 and 2017-18 seasons. In the first of them, Getafe was the only one that managed to pierce the Bilbao goal in the first four matches and in the second it was Las Palmas at the Gran Canaria Stadium.
It seems clear that this is the way to go. Closing the own area to the close and allowing very few opportunities to the rivals is the best way to compensate for the poor performance that the team suffers from since Aritz aduriz hung up his boots. Own Marcelino He recognized it on Saturday. “You have to know how to optimize the good we have. In a team that does not have too much goal, it is important that they do not score us. Last season we received little, but we had neglect that caused us goals. The rival can generate opportunities for us through their ability, but not because of our imbalances or wrong decisions, “he said in the San Mamés press room.
There is only one team in the League that equals the numbers of the lions, Sevilla de Julen lopetegi. The rest of the rivals have conceded two or more goals.