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Athletic Club - Real Madrid

Lopetegui: “It was an intense and ferocious affair”

NEWS | 15/09/2018 | Javier García (Bilbao)

“We created a lot of chances but lacked that clinical edge and we go away with a point”, he added.
Julen Lopetegui appeared before the press following his side's clash with Athletic at San Mamés: “All we were lacking was that final goal. We created a lot of chances and had double the amount of attempts of our opposition. They performed very well, just as we'd expected with lots of man-marking. In the second half we had a lot of chances to win the game. It was a very intense and ferocious affair, typical of Athletic”.

“We made the changes we were ready to make. We created several opportunities. We were gradually able to get up to the pace that they demand of you. We were the better side in the second half, got the goal and could easily have scored more, but we lacked that clinical edge and we go away with a point”.

Athletic's intensity
“It's not a question of intensity. We were not clinical enough in taking our chances in terms of the game they wanted to play. They're not an easy side to play against, it's a tough place to come. In the second half we were able to read things better and we got the equaliser as a result”.

International break
“After a break like this, you have to assess how each player feels when they come back. There are several things to consider and we make a decision based on the circumstances”.


"Luka had a tough summer for a number of reasons. He's now had some game time and has got some training sessions under his belt and he's back with us, if that wasn't the case, he wouldn't be out there. He's ready to have a great season, despite all that's gone on this summer".

"He's someone that we could have turned to. Gareth [Bale] needed to come off on that wing and we decided to bring Lucas on to keep the energy levels up down that flank and we went on to create a number of chances down that side".

Kroos's position
"He's got great experience of having played in that position and he adjusts his game perfectly to playing in the number 6 and number 8 roles. You've also got to take your hat off to Athletic for the way they pressed in there".

"I fully trust in him and the whole squad. Nothing has changed in terms of my opinion of Isco, quite the opposite".