Garitano thrilled to see Basque derby Copa del Rey final
- A Basque derby Copa del Rey final has been welcomed by Athletic Bilbao coach Gaizka Garitano.
Athletic Bilbao coach Gaizka Garitano was delighted for the Basque Country after booking a spot in the Copa del Rey final against Real Sociedad.
Despite a 2-1 loss to Granada on Thursday, Athletic reached the final on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate draw.
It means they will face Sociedad on April 18 in the first Basque derby Copa del Rey decider.
Garitano was thrilled by his team's progression, which came thanks to Yuri Berchiche's 81st-minute goal.
"Joy to go to a final. Congratulations to Real because they have managed to reach the final," he said, via AS.
"Happy for a Basque final, for Basque football."
Garitano added: "The team has a lot of merit … it gets out of where it doesn't exist, it doesn't lower its head in the worst situations. Happy for the people of Bilbao, many people are happy what has happened."
After Athletic won the first leg 1-0, goals from Carlos Fernandez and German Sanchez Barahona had Granada on track before Berchiche's strike.
With Athletic (10th) behind Real Sociedad (sixth) in LaLiga, Garitano feels his side's rivals have the edge.
"Right now they are superior, but we are not easy to beat," he said.
"They have great players and they are very good."Published 06 Mar 2020, 09:40 IST