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Valverde: “We like football for the first leg and many times”

The Athletic coach, Ernesto Valverde, who equaled Javier Clemente as the coach with the most wins on the red-and-white bench with 141 against Valen


The Athletic coach, Ernesto Valverde, who equaled Javier Clemente as the coach with the most wins on the red-and-white bench with 141 against Valencia, points out after the 1-0 victory that “it was a very intense game from minute 1 to the last . There have been times when we have not been tight in the first part and in the second better in the pressure ”, he narrates.

“In the second half we were closer to 2-0, a match that was even and played at times,” adds Valverde, who maintains that we are “at the beginning of the season” to draw hasty conclusions. Valverde understands that Valencia acquired some “control of the game” that they knew how to correct: “It has been eye-catching for the public due to the intensity”, he finishes off in a League that is “long, a long-distance race”.

Three points in two games in this round-trip league start: “We like first-leg football and many times, we don’t like the second-leg. That the rival does not come to us much ”, he insists. Marcos André almost scored the tie in the discount: “Bilbao Fiestas, the Tribune there…, nobody expects it. We need more decision with the shot and on the last play they even managed to tie us. It has to be resolved first.”

Yeray and Vivian were brutal in defense: “Yera has a strong blow to the cheekbone, they are off to a great start to the season. Our structure allows us to loosen up with more determination in attack”, slides the Viandar de la Vera coach: “Over time we have gained in intensity and we have grown in determination to get that second goal”. Vesga stood out against Valencia: “He gives us balance, he empties himself on the field, he runs, he plays well”, he describes about the Vitoria midfielder. Iñaki Williams lacked the goal since he “goes so fast that the teammates arrive later. Together with Nico they have been decisive”, he concludes. Black pudding, which came out in the discount, pending his future: “We’ll see until the 31st what happens”, clears up about the closing of the market.