Athletic, fourth season in a row without entering Europe
At risk of not winning two games in a row in the League since 1963
The defeat of Huesca definitively moves Athletic away from Europe. “We have not entered for a few years now when before we had done it several times in a row. Athletic must always aspire to the maximum,” said De Marcos. The captain’s lament extends to all branches of the club since entering a continental tournament is always objective. The European competition is closed for Athletic since access via the League was achieved in the 16-17 season because his following league classifications have left him at a distance: 16th in 17-18 (43 points), 8th in 18-19 (53 points) and 11th in 19-20 (51 points).
The maximum number of points that Athletic can reach this season is 52 and for this they should beat Real Madrid and Elche in the last two league games. It is the last challenge of a course that without those two victories It would be the first since the 1962-63 season in which Athletic did not win two consecutive games in LaLiga at least once..
Athletic in the 62-63 season won 10 games. Five of those wins were followed by five losses and the other five wins were matched by five draws. The rojiblanco team finished the league in tenth position with 28 points in 30 games. The following campaign there were only two times with two or more successes in a row: three consecutive victories against Zaragoza, Barcelona and Seville and a couple of games won against Valladolid and Elche.