Barcelona coach Xavi: Athletic Bilbao's Marcelino one of the best

Barcelona coach Xavi is full of praise for Athletic Bilbao counterpart Marcelino.

Barca meet Athletic in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night

Xavi said: “[Athletic] have one of the best coaches in recent years.

“They are a very intense, very aggressive opponent. They demand a lot, especially at home. They play very well on the counter-attack. They work very well.

“It’s a one-off game and this makes it very attractive. Going far in this competition makes us feel excited.

“I have the best memories from [San Mames]. They have treated me very well. I have a fantastic relationship with the club and with many players from that club.

“I have admiration for that club, I think they do things very well and they have a clear [understanding] about what they do. There is always a phenomenal atmosphere there.”

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