One more Athletic and go!…

Villarreal is a tough guy, but we caught him at a good time, between two Champions League games against Bayern. Their result last Wednesday will cause them to prioritize the European return over the League. The yellows have options to go to the semifinals, which may make it more feasible to fish in a troubled river. But as we said before, other easier ones failed. Then it is not worth talking about empanadas or anything like that. To the parrot!

We have had, unlike our rival, a whole week to prepare for the match. Villarreal, by contrast, not even 72 hours. It would be unforgivable to go out to the Estadio de la Cerámica absent-minded and with little intensity to the field.

As if that were not enough, all the signs point to the return of our leader to give consistency to the rear. With Iñigo Martínez the defense seems different and with his status he improves those around him. Hopeful, although we will have to wait until his presence is confirmed or not.

Asier Villalibre

No one can blame this mention of the Gernika striker on opportunism. From this same page the presence of Villalibre in the red and white line-ups has been claimed for a long time. Nothing to do with the fact that he eventually scored a key goal for the victory against Elche.

The question would be: knowing that no coach throws stones at his own roof, does anyone believe that the one recognized by Marcelino as the only center forward in the squad does not give more than five minutes from time to time? In stuck games and even against a rival with one less player, read Betis and Getafe, wasn’t the Gernika striker an exploitable resource? Twelve minutes against Getafe at home with one player less since the 60th minute. It’s hard to understand certain situations.

Each coach has his own recipe, but if the one from Villaviciosa complains that he doesn’t have a center forward, last Sunday’s was a game that made visible who has the movements and fundamentals of a center forward and who doesn’t. It does seem clear that he is not a goal man, an Aduriz, Urzaiz, Llorente or Ziganda style killer.

Why this obsession? Surely Iñaki Williams can give us a lot in another position, just like Villalibre in the striker if he enjoys the confidence that he has been denied.

The one who can do the most damage to being typecast in a position that is not his, recognized by Marcelino, is Iñaki himself. The oldest of the Williams, in a great game, was generated or generated countless occasions. Unfortunately for him, he was once again unlucky in front of goal. The body language after the marrados occasions betrays that he is not having a good time, that it can even affect him emotionally

animation stand

At the time of writing this collaboration I do not know what happened in the Extraordinary Assembly last night. Just wish that the debate was educational and calm on the part of all and that we have come out stronger, regardless of the result. It is desirable that it does not cause fracture and weaken us as a Club. It must not generate wounds, and if it does, let’s close them as soon as possible. Whether there is an Animation Stand or not, let’s work on what unites us and not on what separates us. If nothing goes wrong, here in seven days.