Remembering Eduardo Berizzo’s 10 Game Winless Streak With Celta Vigo
Patience is running thin with manager Eduardo Berizzo. Since taking over during the summer the Argentine has led Athletic Club to only one victory, thanks to a stoppage time goal from Iker Muniain against Leganés in the first match of the season, and the team has now gone 11 straight games without a win. The Lions currently sit in 17th place in the table and fans are demanding improvement.
As Athletic begin their international break the pressure is really starting to build. If the Zurigorri truly want to climb the table and compete for a place in the European zone they have to start winning games. Despite being the focal point of the blame, Berizzo has the backing of his team. Several players have spoken openly about how much the squad trusts the Mister and will go with him to the death. They believe in his system and history suggests that he can turn the season around.
Berizzo has been in this position before. He took over as the manager of Celta Vigo back in the summer of 2014 and went through a similar rough patch. On 23 November Celta Vigo lost 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano and went ten straight league games without a win until they finally beat Córdoba 1-0 at Balaídos. The Galicians lost eight of those games and only scored two goals during that streak. It was a terrible time for the club, but they recovered.
When the dust settled and the season was over Celta Vigo had finished 8th in the La Liga table, just four points off of the last Europa League spot. There is no denying that there are issues plaguing this Athletic Club team, but the Lions have also shown flashes of something special. Only time will tell whether or not Berizzo will be able to save Athletic’s season. For now he has the support of the players and President Josu Urrutia seems unwilling to make a change before the December elections, but that won’t last very long if he isn’t able to turn things around. He’s been here before, but time is starting to run out.