Atlético duo acknowledge Bilbao threat

Adrián and Courtois know they'll need to be at their best for the Europa League final


Adrián celebrates match winner versus Valencia (AFP)

Two of Atlético’s heroes of the semi-final, Adrián and Thibaut Courtois, acknowledge that defeating Athletic Bilbao in next month’s Europa League final will be a tough ask.

Speaking to after the second leg of the tie against Valencia, Adrián said, “Athletic have so many qualities and play very well. They are formidable opponents. They are in the final for a reason and I think it will be a beautiful occasion.”

Goalkeeper Courtois, also speaking to said, “it’s going to be 50-50. We are more or less level in La Liga. In Athletic Club we know we are facing a great team where almost anything can happen but we hope we can win it.”

Adrián’s wonder goal in the second half was enough to kill off the tie and the striker pointed out that it was at this point that the game changed.

“We had chances on the counter and it was from one such move that we scored. After that, we were the better team,” Adrián said.

“We played two great games in this tie. We defended well. In the first half it was important to soak up pressure while in the second they didn’t come at us as much.”