In 1959 there were six years left for the birth of Marcelino García Toral. Since then, Athletic Club did not perform the way they trashed Real Sociedad on Sunday, 20 February 2022. The 4-0 on the score was the same result as in October, more than 62 years ago.
This great victory in such a particular match confirmed the excellent form of Marcelino’s Athletic. They are placed on the table just two points behind European spots. The Rojiblancos have added an offensive punch to the defensive solidity they had been bragging about for a long time (they are the third team with the fewest goals conceded in LaLiga).
“La Real is an excellent team, and the match outcome and performance were brilliant from the 2-0 onwards. It is a delight to live this in San Mamés”, said the coach in his press conference. His smile reveals an enormous satisfaction; the same Athletic fans have with their players. Marcelino has expressed on several occasions the desire to experience magical nights of communion with his supporters, and his wishes have been taking shape in recent weeks.
In 2022, San Mamés stands witnessed a memorable victory in extra time against FC Barcelona (3-2, in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey), an epic win against Real Madrid in the quarterfinals (1-0) and two more in LaLiga (2-1 against Espanyol, with a coming back and the 4-0 against Real Sociedad).
To all this, we must add a draw (1-1) in the first leg of the La Copa del Rey semifinals. The result against Valencia leaves the tie open for the second leg at Mestalla.