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ATHLETIC CLUB (10th place, 30 points)
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REAL MADRID (1st place, 61 points)

DATE: Saturday, March 7, 2015 (6 p.m. CET; 9 a.m. PT)
LOCATION: San Mamés Barria (Bilbao)
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ATHLETIC ROSTER:

TBD

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REAL MADRID ROSTER:

TBD
 

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Players called-up by Ernesto Valverde:

Iraizoz, Remiro.
Gurpegi, Etxeita, Balenziaga, Iraola, Aurtenetxe.
Beñat, Rico, Susaeta, Unai López, De Marcos.
Aduriz, Guillermo, Williams, Toquero, Ibai, Muniain.

Suspended: San José
Injured: Iago, Laporte, Bustinza, Iturraspe.
Out: Aketxe, Sola.

PROBABLE XI

Gorka Iraizoz

Óscar de Marcos - Carlos Gurpegi - Xabi Etxeita - Mikel Balenziaga

Mikel Rico - Beñat Etxebarria

Markel Susaeta - Iker Muniain - Iñaki Williams

Aritz Aduriz

Laporte is out as well. I honestly have no idea how will Valverde play. We have no pure DM, maybe Valverde puts Gurpegi in midfield and enters Aurtenetxe in defense? Also, I think someone from the 3 upfront Muniain-Williams-Aduriz will rest. Ibai, Susaeta, Iraola could enter there.


 

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Valverde mentioned there will be a surprise in the lineup...

Here's me thinking Iraola as DM (Mané style) or Toquero in the starting lineup (putting San Mamés on fire) could be that 'surprise'.

Any other idea? :cool:

De Marcos as goalie not accepted...yet...
 

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There will be a tribute to Iraola before the start, for his 500 games for Athletic. If he plays, today it's his 502 game with Athletic's shirt on. :cool::proud:
 

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Maybe 3 central defenders or a 4-4-2?

Either way 2 wins v RM in 10 years not inspiring.

They have 19 in that period in the head to head count.

Strange why our record is so terrible against them compared with other top teams in that period.

Hope we don't get too big a hammering and Gurpegi at CH against this lot must not be allowed to happen!!
 

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Nah we play with the same lineup as in Cornellá, with Beñat instead of the suspended San José. Noone rests.

Valverde starts with:

Gorka Iraizoz

Óscar de Marcos - Carlos Gurpegi - Xabi Etxeita - Mikel Balenziaga

Mikel Rico - Beñat Etxebarria

Andoni Iraola - Iker Muniain - Iñaki Williams

Aritz Aduriz

Bench:

GK Alex Remiro
DF Jon Aurtenetxe
MF Unai López
MF Markel Susaeta
FW Ibai Gómez
FW Gaizka Toquero
FW Guillermo Fernández
 

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Best performance of the season so far...absolutely outstanding..every player.

Gotta keep it up for another 45 which will be hard after mid week and considering the tempo we are playing at.

Corner to RM on stroke of HT..gotta defend this.
 

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****ing siege now.

You feel if they get one they'll get a bag full.

We look tired,understandably,and are playing very deep.

Nervous half hour!
 

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So so impressive the way we stopped the siege by playing out and actually creating more chances and holding the ball.

Did I actually see Susaeta winning a header at the back post to set up AA who rattled the post...

..I did but I still don't believe it!

The team was outstanding and a thoroughly deserved and magnificent win that blows a big hole in real madrid's title challenge.
 

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Williams again extremely impressive. Back to back big games on big stages from the kid.

Got a proper standing ovation too. :thumbsup:
 

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Great header from Aduriz and well deserved so far...
Actually one of the best headers I have ever seen :D
I agree. Super flying header. What a confidence he's showing at the moment.

Great standing ovations for Inaki Williams. What a prospect for the future.

Feels like we have a shot against Barcelona in the cup final. There is hope anyway.

Aupa!!
 

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I agree. Super flying header. What a confidence he's showing at the moment.

Great standing ovations for Inaki Williams. What a prospect for the future.

Feels like we have a shot against Barcelona in the cup final. There is hope anyway.

Aupa!!

Absolutely Jay.

Play like that and with our regular players back (if they can force their way back into the team!!) then we will give any side a game.
 

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Williams again extremely impressive. Back to back big games on big stages from the kid.

Got a proper standing ovation too. :thumbsup:
He's still like a rabbit in the headlights most of the time but what an engine he has and he covered a lot of grass today and won the ball back for the goal in midfield...(ran out of clichés there!)

Great prospect after only a handful of games and you say the crowd love him.
 
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