The executive board of Athletic has unanimously decided not to renew coach Marcelo Bielsa as team manager. It puts an end to a relationship of two seasons for both parties. “It is normal that the club partners believe what could be the best option, but it was left to us to make a decision,” said Josu Urrutia, president of the club.
Urrutia made public the decision on Friday and justified it as an institutional and sporting decision. “It wasn’t discussed with the players,” he said when asked if the decision had been agreed with them. “From this point forward we will as we start working on hiring a new coach, he said.
Ernesto Valverde has already met with representatives of the company this morning. “We look for a good profile from a sporting perspective and hope he can be integrated into the institution as soon as possible,” said Urrutia on a future manager.
Barcelona have managed to get off to their finest start in the history of the league after an amazing 13 wins and one draw from their 14 La Liga games, and they show no signs of being caught after nearest rivals Atletico Madrid dropped three points.
Lionel Messi scored once again, and it should have been two if Amorebieta hadn’t assisted the ball into his own net for the 2-0. The Argentinian is now just two goals away from the Gerd Müller’s record of 85 goals scored in a calender year in 1972.
Tito Vilanova’s men saw off Marcelo Bielsa’s weakened team with relative ease and did so in wonderful style, putting in one of the finest shows of the Vilanova era. Piqué, Amorebieta (own goal), Adriano, Cesc Fabregas and Messi all scored for Barça, and Ibai Gómez scored a consolation for Bilbao. Continue reading Barcelona show no mercy as they batter Bilbao→
Sunday saw plenty of drama in La Liga, with some spectacular individual performances and late goals that could be pivotal in the Spanish league this season.
Aritz Aduriz’s first-half double fired Athletic Bilbao to their first away win of the season, ending their recent poor run against fellow La Liga side Granada who are also caught up in the season’s early relegation battle. Continue reading Sunday’s La Liga review→
The next set of Europa League fixtures is upon us as every team aims to pick up the vital points to progress through to the knock-out stages of the competition. Here are tonight’s fixtures of the sides representing La Liga and an insight into what their encounters will offer.
Liverpool are after Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, but know they have to have a deal in place to sell not wanted Andy Carroll by the close of the transfer window tomorrow night.
The Spanish striker has been frozen out by his club, and is being forced to train with the reserves since refusing to sign a new contract.
With only one year remaining on his old contract, and making it known that he wants to leave there is no way he will still be at Bilbao come Saturday.
Juventus are in need of a striker, and also Manchester City and Tottenham showing interest with only his £30 million buy-out-clause being the reason that a deal been done already.
Llorente’s teammate Javi Martinez was sold yesterday in a record breaking £32 million to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munch, which makes it look almost certain that the Basque side are ready to let Llorente go also.
My money is on a deal with Juventus, but that all depends on whether the Italinal’s sign Berbatov from Manchester United or not.
A very exciting couple of days lie ahead for the 27-year-old world-class striker who would prove to be a goal scorer for which ever club can do the deal.