Eduardo Berizzo “The Copa Del Rey Is A Competition To Win”
The drawing for the Copa del Rey round of 32 took place on Friday and Athletic were matched up against newly promoted club Huesca. Eduardo Berizzo spoke to Athletic TV after the drawing and discusses the importance of the tournament in the city of Bilbao and made it clear that the Lions are going into the Cup with the goal of winning the trophy.
“It’s an exciting tournament in which Athletic is comfortable playing and knows how to compete. We will go into every match with the intention of winning and eliminating our opponents. For this team, the Cup isn’t a mid-week match where you rest players like others clubs. Athletic has fallen in love with the Cup and it has a mystique of great importance. It’s a competition that enamors and enchants. The Cup is a competition to win.”
Berizzo did not hide the fact that Huesca will be a tough opponent. Athletic would have rather played the second match at the San Mamés, but that won’t be the case. The manager said that his side will have to build a strong lead in the first game if they want to win the tie and advance to the next round.
“Huesca is an opponent that we know from the league. They will be a difficult opponent. In the game we played earlier this year we lost the lead and that must be something we learn from because this tournament doesn’t allow for mistakes. Of course, we would like the play the second leg at home but we will play it on the road so we must gain an advantage by winning the first game in our stadium.”
Athletic Club have won the Copa del Rey 24 times and have been runners up 15 times. It is a very special competition for the Basque giants who will be looking to have another deep run this season after being eliminated very early last year. The Lions will begin their pursuit of title number 25 when they host Huesca at the San Mamés.