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.”

  • Yes thats true they will be a tough opponents but I have 100%. Belief that we can get two trophies this year(Europa League) and (european supercup.)

  • Javi Lozoya

    Adrian made history already with Atleti and at international stage. Like I said, he is Atleti’s top goalscorer in European competitions and also, the Spanish player with most goals in European competitions too with 11 goals, ahead of Raul and legendary Di Stéfano.
    That’s an outstanding achievement from Adri, just wish he could stay for some years at Atletico. He could be a legend for the club you know. Well, like I said, he already is. Grande Adrian Lopez Alvarez!!

  • Javi

    Hey I wonder how Kun feels now. Remember he left us to go to a big team to win titles!!! And he can’t really cheer for us since he said he was never an Atleti fan.

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  • Javi Lozoya

    Not like it matters but Kun and City can still win the EPL so…

  • manisynch

    lets now concentrate on securin an european spot.
    as for bilbao, we will cross the bridge when we get there…..

  • ascky

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