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MADRID, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelino García said his team is ready to face Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
The Basque team already beat the Blaugranas in the 2015 Super Cup, the last time Athletic won a trophy, and also eliminated the Catalans in the last Copa del Rey.
“The players are full, like cannons, with an illusion and an ambition that take over the world. They intend to win and they are going to put everything to win,” he told a press conference.
“I don’t need to motivate my players. In fact, if we are sinning from something, it is over-motivated. They can win the Super Cup by beating Madrid and Barcelona. That would be … well, I was going to say a taco, but I stay in which that would be milk “.
Marcelino, 55, has already led Valencia – his previous team – to the 2019 Copa del Rey final, where they beat Barcelona 2-1. The coach pointed out that he did not think to change his tactics depending on whether or not Leo Messi plays, who missed the semifinal last Wednesday, against Real Sociedad, due to injury.
“We have to play as usual, also taking into account how the opponent prepares,” he said.
“We are not going to change our philosophy or priorities based on whether Messi plays or not. Obviously, the fact that he is on the pitch reduces our chances of winning.”
“We count on that he is going to play and that he is at his best and it is up to us to stop him,” he clarified.
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