Luis De La Fuente “Garitano Can Lead Athletic Back To Europe”

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Luis de la Fuente has high praise for Gaizka Garitano (RFEF)

Athletic will be well represented this summer as Spain competes to win the U21 European Championship. Not only are Unai Simón and Unai Nuñez expected to play key roles in the team, manager Luis De La Fuente is a former Athletic player having come up through Lezama and featured in over 150 matches for the Lions.

Over the next few weeks, De La Fuente will try to lead Spain U21 to a European title. La Roja are viewed as one of the favorites for the upcoming tournament which will be extremely competitive Coaching the National Team is De La Fuente’s top priority, but 57-year-old also keeps a very close eye on Athletic.

“I think Garitano’s work is outstanding, fantastic, and has shown that he can get very good results with his style of play”, De La Fuente told Fuera de Juego on Thursday night. “I think we have to give him peace of mind and confidence. He deserves it because in December nobody thought that Athletic was going to finish where they finished. Garitano can lead Athletic back to Europe. He has all the guarantees that he will be a coach who will do well and can take Athletic to those European positions that all the fans want. I hope to see Athletic in Europe next season because it’s a pity that it escaped us at the last minute.

De La Fuente would go on to praise the excellent football growth of the Basque Country as a whole. “Having five teams in the Primera with five Basque coaches shows the quality of the work that is being done in Euskadi. We are in a brilliant moment. In addition, there are high-quality players and other young players who are knocking on the door. Basque football has fantastic health.” Next season 5 of the 20 clubs in La Liga will be from the Basque Country, as will 7 of the 20 managers in the league.

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