Eduardo Berizzo “Hopefully Someday Football Will Allow Me To Return To Athletic”


Eduardo Berizzo overlooks San Mamés following his presentation (AC)

Eduardo Berizzo should have been a very successful manager for Athletic. As a Marcelo Bielsa disciple, Berizzo’s arrival in the summer of 2018 promised a return to the exciting style of play that had led the Basques to two finals. However, the marriage wasn’t meant to be. The players struggled to perform in the system and Berizzo was relieved of his duties in December after a string of poor results.

Although Berizzo’s time at Athletic was disappointing, the manager still loves the club and the way he was accepted. “Hopefully someday football will allow me to return to Athletic and return all the affection that I received from the fans, coaches, directors, and everyone,” Berizzo said in an interview with La Nación.

Looking back on his tenure at San Mamés, Berizzo knows that the club had no choice but to replace him. “We won the first game and then there were 13 games without victory,” he began. “Weird things happened to us. We would either concede a late equalizer or be left with one less player in an unexpected way, but when the team doesn’t win you have to change things. It’s logical.”

The departure of Berizzo allowed Gaizka Garitano to be promoted and Athletic have enjoyed immense success since the managerial change. “I can only thank Athletic,” Berizzo says. “It’s a wonderful club with people who make it even more wonderful. Despite the bad results I never heard any insults.” Eduardo Berizzo was hired as the manager of Paraguay following his dismissal but doesn’t rule out coaching at the club level again one day.

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