Bilbao has been wrapped in water for three days. Rain in the morning, afternoon and evening. Curtains and more liquid curtains that will put the San Mamés grass to the test tonight, renewed for the third time in 13 months.
Athletic and Granada look to the sky tonight, hoping to search through the dark clouds for some hope for the future, to recover from the low spirits in which they find themselves after their latest setbacks: two disappointments in a row against Cádiz and Levante that stopped Bilbao’s European dreams and the home win against Real Madrid suffered by the Nasrid team (follow today’s game live on As.com).
The rojiblanco team continues to speak to the teams in the lower part. The duels against Villarreal and Espanyol triggered euphoria in Bilbao, but spirits have dropped to the ground in recent times. Marcelino’s group continues to exhibit great defensive strength, but greater offensive baggage is greatly missed. Even the technician decided that if it is not possible to raise the bar in attack “with some” it will be necessary to try “with others”. That phrase contributed to predicting changes for today, but yesterday he clarified that the news will be scarce. In the Ciutat de València the entire offensive front changed in the second half and tonight there are options for Sancet upstairs accompanying Williams, and even his brother, Nico, due to a blocked Berenguer.
Granada need to add again after two defeats in a row. The Nasrid set has been growing throughout the season and right now, despite losing the last two games, he is at his best. It seems that he has fitted his pieces, although the losses are an important handicap. Especially in defense, where Duarte was key and Víctor Díaz has started the last six games.
Without the captain, it seems that the youth squad Torrente will have his baptism as a starter at La Catedral, although he has already had minutes in two games. Gonalons will return to the core with Montoro in the absence of Monchu and especially Milla. And above, more doubts. Soro, Rochina and Luis Suárez are fixed, the other position is between Molina, Puertas or Machís and the Venezuelan is the one who earns the most integers to start.