The Spanish side picked up their first point of this European campaign at Anoeta last night, but it still leaves progression to the Last 16 looking very difficult.
“I have congratulated my players, we have put in a great effort and the team deserves only to be congratulated for that,” mused Arrasate post-match.
“David Moyes congratulated me on our efforts after the game and I did the same with him.
“The point will help us to strengthen, even as we would have liked to have played a little better. The first half was a tight affair while the second was more open.
“We have to assess the point, we have come up against a great team, we have given it everything and come out of it alive.
“We could have done better, but we faced a great rival, so we are left with the feeling that the team has done everything.
“We wanted to have a little more of the ball [after the break]. The players feel more comfortable when the pitch opens up more.
“Ruben [Pardo] is doing really well lately and is winning his opportunities [to play]. He tired a little late on, which is why we brought on Xabi Prieto.
“As long as we are mathematically still in with a chance of getting through, we will go for it. We are now thinking about Real Madrid [in Week 13], but soon we will go to Ukraine [to face Shakhtar Donetsk].”
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