Athletic Will Kick Off The 2020/2021 La Liga Season With A Trip To Granada
Los Cármenes was the site of both immense jubilation and extreme disappointment for Athletic last season. A late Yuri Berchiche goal in the Copa Del Rey semifinals sent the Lions to the final, but a 4-0 loss to Granada on the final day of La Liga was the finishing touch on an otherwise frustrating year. In two weeks Athletic will have the opportunity to rise from the ashes.
On Monday the schedule for the 2020/2021 La Liga season was officially released. Rather ironically, Athletic will kick off the new campaign with a trip to Los Cármenes on Sunday, 13 September. Three points will be on the line as the Zurigorri hope to get off to a strong start.
Following the trip to Granada, Athletic are set host Barcelona at San Mamés. However, the fixture is expected to be rescheduled with the league considering the option of giving clubs that competed in Europe more time to rest before starting their seasons. The first Basque Derby will take place in the next match with Athletic scheduled to visit Eibar at Ipurua. Two more Derbies will be close behind with trips to Alavés and Osasuna in October.
Athletic’s two matches against rivals Real Sociedad are set to be played in late December and early April. Interestingly, the Spanish Football Federation have been considering both of these dates as possibilities for the rescheduled Copa Del Rey final between the Basque clubs.
January will present a major challenge for Athletic. The Lions will face Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Getafe, and Barcelona in consecutive games while also competing in the Spanish Super Cup. It should be noted that the match against Real Madrid is currently expected to be rescheduled for December with the two clubs both being involved in the Super Cup.
Down the final stretch of the season Athletic will play Sevilla, Osasuna, Huesca, Real Madrid, and Elche where points when points will be at a premium in the race for Europe. As has been the trend in recent years, Athletic will end the season on the road and not at San Mamés. La Liga officially returns next weekend.