It has not been the start that Josu Urrutia and the board at Athletic Bilbao were expecting as under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, Bilbao have won only once in seven games in all competitions. That sole victory came in the Europa League away to Slovan Bratislava and since then the pressure mounting on Bielsa to deliver has failed to stop.
Supporters of Los Leones are seemingly in a state of confusion and disappointment at how the project under Bielsa’s tutelage has gone so far. His selections and tactical set-ups have been met with bemusement, and with results not going in Bilbao’s favour the formation and player utilisation has come under fire from many sectors of the Basque support. The continued deployment of Javi Martinez in defence has been the main tactical issue as Bilbao have often looked laboured and ponderous in possession when on the attack. Martinez’s passing ability further upfield would surely aid Bilbao in rectifying this aspect but Bielsa appears adamant in his stance on Martinez tactically.
The home form has been the greatest cause for concern when taking into account the calibre of opponents who have visited San Mam