Marcelino passes excuses and gives Athletic an “insufficient” in LaLiga
The rojiblanco team closes the tournament 15 points away from the Europa Legaue positions with a balance of 11 victories, 13 draws and 14 defeats
Elche has been the last season of a League that leaves Athletic fifteen points below the last place in the Europa League with a balance of 11 wins, 13 draws and 14 losses. Marcelino, who took charge of the team the first week of January, stressed at the end of this afternoon’s meeting that “we are already thinking about a new season and being more competitive. In the last three games we have not scored any goals.” And it was not cut when evaluating with “a suspense” the final result of his team in LaLiga. Of course, the coach clarified that “you have to see the competition. Honors in the Super Cup, a notable in the Cup and an insufficient in the League“.
The rojiblanco coach, when sticking to the analysis of the Martínez Valero crash, stressed that “in the first half we were better at times, but a mistake cost us the goal and in the second Elche was superior.” Marcelino acknowledged that the substitution of Iñigo Martínez and Simón was “to avoid risks“and preserve them from any physical problem in the face of the imminent summons of Luis Enrique for the Eurocup.
The technician lined up Iñigo Vicente for the first timeAlthough it was a gesture with the player rather than the conviction that the footballer has a place in his plans: “It seemed unfair not to do with him what we decided to do with other teammates. I thank you for the respect you had with the entire coaching staff because there is nothing to reproach him. Surely for him they were not enough minutes “