Valverde: Athletic out to beat Real Madrid

The Basque club arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu without a win in six outings but are eyeing a major upset on Sunday evening

Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde says his side will be looking for all three points when they visit Real Madrid on Sunday.

They are without a victory in their last 10 visits to the Santiago Bernabeu and arrive off the back of a six-game winless streak.

And while Valverde says he is hoping to at least see a better performance from his charges, the Basque club are setting their sights on a major upset.

“First we would like to take all three points and after that, compete and play well,” he told a press conference.

“We would rather be beaten fighting and playing well. Barca beat us because they are a great side but at least we gave them a game.

“Last season I felt that Madrid beat us too easily. We don’t just want to give a good impression out on the field of play, we want to win – that is our priority.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have scored 10 goals in their last two home matches, while Athletic have just two strikes in their last six games.

And Valverde admits his side will have to look to frustrate the reigning European champions if they are to achieve a favourable result.

“Madrid have whole range of resources to put goals past you and, to counter that, we have to put in a game in which they don’t feel comfortable.

“They are very strong but we can stand up to them at our ground. We are in a delicate moment but we have plenty of positives to focus on.”

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