Marcelino: "The current reality exceeds all expectations"

"We can get closer to the fight for Europe", launches the rojiblanco coach, delighted in his journey in Bilbao, about the attempt to assault the Wanda Metropolitano this Wednesday.


Marcelino García Toral understands that it is "quite simple" to stop the impact of the Cup and only prepare for the game this Wednesday, after Granada, within "analysis and training, nothing moves us from the immediate, from the close, It is an attractive match against an opponent. We are a reliable team and everything else is secondary, "he sensibly points out to avoid any euphoria from the two KO finals in La Cartuja.

The objective of this Athletic does not hide or minimize it, it is an ambitious coach: "It would place us in the fight for Europe, closer, is what we have to think, approaching the high places with days to face," he says and separates him of the fight for the League of his mattress rival "regardless of second circumstances that may influence". Athletic, with 33 points, reiterates that, although they are now "quite far away", winning for the second consecutive day would be "a moral blow". He acknowledges that the "current reality" exceeds all the "expectations" drawn after his landing in Bilbao three months ago.

The barge has been refloated in the Nervión estuary to collate and test its buoyancy, a matter of protocol already planned: "I have not been aware of what you are telling me now, I suppose it is a process outside the team and us, we have not I have won nothing and the possibility of winning it remains for a month ", reflects the Asturian coach, who maintains that" it will not distract me at all or worry me, the Atlético game occupies me, we already have enough incentives ". In this sense, he underlines that "winning one of those two difficult finals, both of them doubly complicated, we will talk about that in the previous week", the Villaviciosa coach concludes.

The keys against the colchoneros are explained: "Make a very complete game, if not the best, at that same height, very solvent defensively and above with Luis Suárez you cannot give him the slightest space because he is lethal, people in the second line with goal, in offensive strategy, a defensively solvent team, twelve times with a steel goal, retreats very quickly and has a great goalkeeper ", to also highlight Llorente and Carrasco. Although he warns that his team is not going to renounce his postulates: "We are not going to change our way of playing, we have our idea and we are doing well, more by game than by results, with more deserving draws" and insists on his work pedagogical: "To be convinced, the daring and effort to achieve" something positive, Marcelino maintains.

The Asturian coach does not proclaim neither plan A nor B, and hopes to count on Berchiche: "Yuri had a very strong blow to the foot, with a few days without training, let's hope he is available." The word self-esteem does not even verbalize it: "The players are convinced that they can with any rival. The positive thing is to have the perfect idea to achieve constant improvement. Winning at Atlético would be to endorse a very great competitive capacity." For this reason he relates that "we are going to put Atlético in difficulties, we have been able to beat Real Madrid and Barça and now we are facing another of the greats in the League. He disembowels his rival and declares that the three centrals behind with Simeone in a tactical change does not stop being "a mixture, he does not play with three centers clearly, they make a mixed, always solvent from the defensive point of view", Marcelino reviews .

Berenguer is the man of fashion, he minimizes his investment of 10 million: "It is the market that decides, we are satisfied that he is with us, adapting to the right wing, he was aware that he had had better experiences on the left or behind the forward . He has had the virtue of convincing himself that the team could need him in that position. He has earned it hard. On the left we had many and not so many on the right ", recalls Marcelino del Navarro, who has 7 league goals and one more in Copa.

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