Athletic Bilbao Career | Part 5 - Second part of preseason

Athletic Bilbao Career

After Brazilian tour, Juve and Cella, I decided to arrange American tour, again to make some money, and to play a little easier fixtures against solid teams… I will stick to my 3-4-3 formation described earlier in the post, and I plan to rotate my players… I hope after American tour I will have general idea of my starting 11 for Primera, but there is more than enough time to prepare everything..

So I will play against Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New England and Orlando City SC. Again I arranged 4 matches in 6 days… More friendlies I play my team will develop more condition, and more team preparation skills. Meanwhile as my groundsman asked me about my pitch I decided to choose minimum allowed 100/64 for Primera and Europa League…

I also found out that season ticket sales are very profitable here in Bilbao. On 24th July more than a month before season opening match I sold more than 27000 tickets… Great… :)

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season tickets sales update


So my first American tour match was against Philadelphia and again great performance from my boys but lack of goals…

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Match against Philadelphia


Llorente played I hope his worst match this season…  Again there were a lot of positive moments moves from my boys, but very very bad finishing skills. I will forget this match and travel to LA.

LA with ther English star David Beckham stunned me with a 1:0 victory… Unexpected loss from team who is, or should be worse than I am, gave me a lot of question marks.

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Los Angeles match stats and info


Awfull performance from my boys. To many lost balls in the middle of the filled, to many misplaced passes. I am definitely not pleased but there is definitely enough time to make my boys play good enough to achieve my goals…

Before my 3rd match started I got invitation from Chelsea to play friendly against them upon my return from USA. I accepted it of course.

My 3rd American match made me very pleased, because I managed to demolish New England 5:0

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New England match stats and info


Hat trick from Lorente great match from everybody on the field, and I only changed one thing. Before the match I told them; ''I excpect you to win!''. Maybe this seems strange to you considering this is only friendly game, but my players seemed to react very positive which can be seen from the result..

Final match in States was against easiest opponent Orlando City. I decided my reserves will play the match, cause “big guys” deserved a rest after great 5:0 victory in last match. Reserves played solid game, won 1:0 and that completed my American tour..

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Orlando City SC match stats and info


After this one I have general idea of my first eleven , who is not needed who will be loaned and similar staff.. 9 friendly matches played, some great some bad performances. To sum up I am generally pleased but it definitely could be better…

Oh yeah, Chelsea… :). Don’t worry I did not forget about it… I decided to rest some of my star players after coming back from stated and I managed to lose only 2:1. Nothing much to be said about this game as it was very poor piece od performance from both sides…

Classical friendly fixture…

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Chelsea match stats and info


I also found out that my opponent in Europa League qualification will be Young Boys Bern… in about 10 days… so maybe one more friendly, but definitely stay tuned to see will I catch Europe…

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Europa League draw





















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