Yuri Berchiche Named To UEFA’s La Liga Team Of The Season
Athletic’s season may have ended in sorrow, but not everything was bad. The Lions have qualified for the Copa Del Rey final, which will be played next year, and several players competed at a high level or took important steps forward which gives hope for the future.
Unai Simón, Ander Capa, Yeray, and Iñigo Martinez were among the best in Europe at their respective positions while Oihan Sancet, Unai López, and Asier Villalibre came on strong at the end. However, Yuri Berchiche is the one who has received the most praise for what was an incredible campaign.
On Wednesday UEFA released their La Liga Team of the Season for 2019/2020 which featured Berchiche at left-back. “Yuri Berchiche, a Copa Del Rey finalist with Athletic, with his performances in the league has confirmed himself as one of the best fullbacks in the tournament,” read the announcement.
Berchiche’s second year in Bilbao was nothing short of remarkable. The 30-year-old made a total of 39 appearances for Athletic, providing three assists and scoring six goals, including the late strike against Granada to send Athletic to the Cup final. What makes the performances even more impressive is that Berchiche played such outstanding football while spending most of the season dealing with complications from a dislocated shoulder and being hampered by a groin injury in the final month.
Along with Berchiche, 10 other players were named to the Team of the Season: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Jesús Navas (Seville), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Diego Carlos (Seville), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Lionel Messi (Barça), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) and Karim Benzema (Real Madrid). Zinedine Zidane was chosen as the best coach of the season.