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Bielsa: Confidence will grow after victory

November 5, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa believes his side will grow in confidence following their much-needed 2-1 La Liga win at Granada on Sunday.

Marcelo Bielsa
PA PhotosMarcelo Bielsa was appointed Athletic manager in 2011

Aritz Aduriz's first-half double - a fortunate penalty and a sweet 20-yard strike - secured the win and took his tally to eight goals in ten league games.

The result was the Basque side's first away victory of the season and lifts them to 14th in the La Liga table.

"This victory was needed, it relieves our anxiety," Bielsa said. "We need to play the same on the road as at home. We must return to being a more balanced team, consistent and without ups and downs."

Granada got back into Sunday's game eight minutes after the break through Youssef El Arabi's long-range strike and Bielsa admits his side suffered at times during the match.

"We began the second half badly, differently than we had wanted," he said. "After their goal we rebalanced and at the end of the game we suffered again.

"We could have won by one goal more, but a draw would not have been strange. The word suffering defines the step we took in this game."

Bielsa's side are next in action on Thursday when they face Lyon at home in the Europa League, knowing a win is almost certainly required to avoid an early exit from the competition.