Jon Rahm , a luxury guest in the box of San Mamés and author of the honor roll after winning the Order of Merit , must have concluded that he spent his second day of marriage - married on Friday - witnessing such a body A very bad idea. Hristo Stoichkov , who was also in the box, accompanied by Urizar Azpitarte , that referee whom he stepped on years ago and who is now his close friend, must have pulled his hair seeing such a collection of nonsense. Is this the same sport that we practiced with Cruyff ? He had to ask himself the historic Bulgarian striker. It was, yes, at least the rules were the same - except for the VAR issue, of course. There the similarities end, in fact. Because the derby that starred Athletic and Eibar yesterday was an unbearable exercise of impotence, one of the worst football matches that have been seen this season in Spain.
He finished 0-0 because he couldn't do it any other way. The Eibar lived through the whole game of the spirit that generated its recent negative streak and the casualties with which it arrived in San Mamés and Athletic showed its most bland version, victim of the change of physiognomy that, without coming much to tell, Garitano applied for this duel. But beyond tactical or collective issues, the rojiblancos players were victims of themselves, of their inaccuracies in the passes, of their enormous difficulties in controlling the ball. A disappointing encounter that, after the defeat at Villamarín, lowers the sufflé in the Bilbao ranks just before the end of the year visiting the Bernabéu , after passing through Elche for the first round of the Cup.
Garitano's commitment to sit Sancet and arrange a trivot with Unai López ahead of San José and Dani García led to a heavy game and work. Neither the Eibar, with six headlines and a major offensive drought behind him, was for many joys. So the first time was like a musical thread that was heard in the background, one of those that is barely appreciated, which allows us to continue doing other things because it neither demands nor requires attention. In other words, it was an absolute horror, an undesirable anti-football song with a wide collection of aerial collisions that led Bigas ahead, injured at 20 minutes.
San Mamés ended up saying goodbye to his players on the way to the locker room, partly because of everything that happened in the first part -which was nothing-, partly because of the lousy execution of a direct free with which the first half ended. After the break Ibai left, but that did not mean that Garitano amended his bet. The one who stayed in the shower was Cordoba , the usual scapegoat of the Athletic coach when things do not go as they should. The boy, however much he is not doing a bright season, does not deserve that the finger always points to him.
The movie barely changed. The match won slightly in attractiveness, not much, because of Athletic's need to go up. But more than Eibar, according to 0-0, the problem of the rojiblancos were themselves, their inability to reach the last meters with options to generate danger. Nor when Villalibre came out, soft as butter. Athletic's only successful play, at 17 in the end, ended in goal, but was canceled by a clear offside following the review of the VAR. Shortly before, Ibai wasted a backlash created by Williams, the most proactive and successful Athletic attacker in this derby. Of course the bar was on the floor.
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