Dec 1, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​San Mames
Athletic Bilbao
1-0
Barcelona
Muniain (70')
Rico (19'), Iturraspe (57'), Toquero (70')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Neymar (54'), Busquets (57'), Mascherano (73'), Adriano (78')

Ernesto Valverde calls for calm despite Barcelona win

Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde calls for calm following his side's 1-0 win over Barcelona at the weekend.

Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde has refused to get carried away with his side's 1-0 win over Spanish champions Barcelona on Sunday evening.

Iker Muniain scored in the second half as Bilbao inflicted a first league defeat on Barca this season, but Valverde has called on his side to "seize the moment".

"Being well ranked is not anecdotal because it shows that we are on the right track, but it is not much more significant than that," Valverde told reporters at a press conference. "Today's victory gives us confidence for how it was achieved, for the opponent we faced and what we suffered. Let's enjoy this and see if we can seize the moment.

"There have been moments, especially in the first half, in which we were not well, because Barcelona pressed well and had gotten beyond our back-line."

"Physical preparation has relative importance. What I value is the psychological element, which is what drives you many times. A team which always has high intensity never decays."

The result moved Bilbao into fourth spot in La Liga.

Neymar of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona at San Mames Stadium on December 1, 2013
Read Next:
Result: Barca lose unbeaten league record
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1916305294351
2Atletico MadridAtletico1912612882042
3Valencia19124340192140
4Real Madrid1895432171532
5Villarreal199462621531
6Sevilla199282328-529
7EibarEibar198382431-727
8Getafe207672318527
9Real Betis198383336-327
10Athletic Bilbao206862019126
11GironaGirona197572828026
12Celta Vigo197483327625
13Leganes187381517-224
14Espanyol196671521-624
15Real Sociedad196583334-123
16Levante193971526-1118
17AlavesAlaves1960131427-1318
18Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo1944112137-1616
19Malaga1932141333-2011
20Las PalmasLas Palmas1932141446-3211
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account