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The dangers of the Athletic in the eliminatory against the Barça

Published:23/12/2016 - 21:22h

Updated:24/12/2016 - 00:05h

The FC Barcelona will have a difficult ballot when confronting against the Athletic of Bilbao in the eighth of final of Glass of the King 2016-17, since the Basque is a team that is used to to put the things complicated to the culés, especially in Saint Mamés

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FC Barcelona and Athletic of Bilbao will measure in the eighth of final of the Glass of the King 2016-17, in a double clash in which the ones of Luis Enrique will have to walk with eye regarding some dangerousnesses and strong points of the group trained by Ernesto Valverde, especially regarding the unemployed balloon and the aerial game.

The Athletic has been from always a club with an identity of game very marked, characterised by the direct game and the presence of a tip corpulento and of height in the flank of attack to the one who hang him balloons. This forward will be an Aritz Aduriz that, to his 34 years, finds still in a perfect state of form to rid a hard war with Hammered, Umtiti, Mascherano or any head office of the Barcelona.

Aduriz And Williams, main dangers

The FC Barcelona, besides, will have to put special attention to his backs, since the Athletic is a team that goes out very well to the contragolpe thanks to the speed of men like Muniain and Williams. Neither they will be able to them culés remain static with the balloon in the feet, since they will be forced to take fast decisions to try break the aggressive offensive pressure of the Athletic.

It treats of a team, the one of the "lions", that does not leave to go out playing with ease to the groups to which confronts , by what will be necessary that the central culés are inspired to the hour to take out the spherical against the Basques and, especially, that the men of the centre of the field are able to move fluently to support to the team in the exit of balloon.

Once surpassed the two first barriers of pressure of the Athletic, if the balloon arrives to the boots of Neymar Jr, Leo Messi or Luis Suárez near of the area of Gorka Iraizoz the Athletic will suffer, in spite of having a férrea defensive line led by Aymeric Laporte backwards.

The Barça, to "drown" the centre of the field of the Athletic

Regarding the game of the Athletic, one of the keys will be "to drown" in the centre of the field to Beñat, the big brain of the team rojiblanco, whereas it will be very important also achieve a good result in the party of gone in Saint Mamés for the Barça, taking into account that it does not do long the culés went out vapuleados of there in the gone of the Supercopa of Spain 2015 (4-0).

Raúl García also will be a nuisance in the forward, but expects that the good do defensive of the centre of the field and the defence prevent that they arrive too many balloons to the Basque tips. If the Barça plays as it is doing it the last weeks, will have a lot of terrain won.

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