Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelino proud of his players after Supercopa campaign

Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelino insists they’ll bounce back from their Supercopa de Espana defeat to Real Madrid.

He insisted the Lions can take positives from the last few days in Saudi Arabia.

“We have to come back stronger,” Marcelino said at a post-match press conference. “We fought valiantly against the best teams in LaLiga.

“It’s sad because we were one win away from retaining this trophy, but we’re so proud of our players.”

The Lions lost 0-2 in the final, with Luka Modric and Karim Benzema scoring Real Madrid’s goals.

“They played a very good game and at certain moments we weren’t organised well enough,” Marcelino said post-match. “We conceded the goal at the end of the first half, when we had the game under control heading into the break.

“In the second half, their penalty made the game very difficult for us. We tried to close the gap, but luck wasn’t on our side with Raúl García’s penalty and we didn’t have enough minutes to make the most of having an extra man.”

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