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Athletic Bilbao coach Valverde talks Galarreta and Villalibre

Athletic Bilbao coach Valverde talks Galarreta and Villalibre

Ernesto Valverde, the coach of Athletic Bilbao, is pleased with his team’s preseason performance.

The athletes are now in Mexico, where they are completing their preparations.

“The goal is to beat Real Madrid on the first matchday and then keep winning,” Valverde added.

The team is in terrific shape, according to the coach, who says they are “feeling the workload at times because we haven’t stopped for six days with training and endurance work, but it’s what we have to do.”

“We expect a lot from him, he is a player with experience and quality who will hopefully help us a lot,” he said of the signing of Iigo Ruiz de Galarreta.

Regarding Asier Villalibre’s loan stay with Deportivo Alavs last season, Valverde stated, “It went well for him and we are very happy, because if it went well for him, it would go well for Athletic.”

“The idea is that he stays with us.”