Eduardo Berizzo Puts Spotlight On Defense With Real Madrid Coming To The San Mamés
There has been plenty of excitement surrounding Athletic Club since Eduardo Berizzo was named as the manager, but now he will face his biggest test since taking over. Real Madrid will be coming to the San Mamés on Saturday in what will be a very difficult match for the Lions. With complete focus on the upcoming clash, Toto has put the spotlight on defensive adjustments in the latest training sessions.
The players had the weekend off due to the international break, but since returning to training on Monday there has been a heavy focus on the defense. With players like Gareth Bale and Marcos Asensio demanding attention in the wide areas, Berizzo has been working on adjustments with the wingers and fullbacks in order to not give as much space. Yuri Berchiche will be tasked with covering the Welshman which could be the tactical battle that decides the game.
Although there will be some different nuances, the system will be the same. Athletic will still look to press high up the field and cause turnovers that they can capitalize on. Luckily Aritz Aduriz has returned to normal training after dealing with a hamstring injury and is expected to be available for this weekend’s match. At the same time, Iñigo Martinez has missed training with the Spain National Team due to muscle discomfort which could mean that Yeray and Peru Nolaskoain will start in defense for the third straight game.