Nàstic will look for the third win in a row in Bilbao

In Lezama the shore is closer. If something makes Athletic Club different, it is that its commitment to the quarry goes straight ahead, without half measures. There you survive with the soccer player of the land. Surviving is perhaps an inappropriate verb because that club is as different as it is competitive. Suffice it to say that he has never left the First Division, something that only Real Madrid and FC Barcelona can boast of, to attest to this.

Nàstic will face the Athletic puppies this Saturday afternoon (7:00 p.m.). It does so in Basque lands, in Lezama. In an imposing scenario in which he will have two allies who perfectly know the ins and outs of that talent factory that year after year brings out footballers ready for the elite.

The latest example is Nico Williams, an exuberant winger who is aiming for the World Cup with Spain and who gets up to mischief in San Mamés with the help of his older brother, Iñaki Williams.

Alex Quintanilla and Guillermo Fernández keep intact their feelings for the Athletic shirt. Years go by, but they never run away from words of praise for the club of their hearts. It is what has to have been canteranos. They have sucked the essence of that team that leaves no one indifferent. That is why they proclaim their love to the four winds.

The Basque defender is the son of a historic Athletic player like Fernando Quintanilla. 52 games his father wore the jacket of the first team. Alex could not debut in an official match, but he could grow in Lezama. In fact, his last year in the subsidiary was key to understanding that he had made his way to higher categories. 34 games in which he emerged as one of the key pieces of the Lezama puppies opened the doors of Alavés for him.

After his season in Vitoria, Quintanilla spent time at Valencia Mestalla and Barakaldo until he made the leap to the Second Division. Almería, Mirandés and Córdoba were his clubs in professional football. After that, Ibiza and Nàstic on his return to Segunda B. He Now he is one of the renowned players of the Tarragona entity. Quintanilla is respected and revered and there is no better host in Lezama than him.

two casualties

The last two games he has been out due to injury, but there are serious options that his return to the eleven is a fact today. She will face one of the children whom she wants to preside over in the future because the dream of being president of Athletic is between her eyebrows. She is far away at the moment, but out of conviction and ability it won't be. Who will not be present in the axis of the defense will be Marc Trilles, in the dry dock, just like the winger Aarón Rey.

Guillermo Fernández is the other Nàstic guide in Bilbao. The striker did make his debut with the first team and even scored. To play in San Mamés he had to find a place in Bilbao Athletic. Young, very young, but he made his way. At the age of 20, the opportunity came after two years surpassing ten goals with the subsidiary in the extinct Second B. In the 2013-2014 season he made his debut and scored his first goal at the Benito Villamarín against Betis.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, he wore the Athletic jacket 14 times and said goodbye forever to what is his home. From then on he traveled a long way through the Second Division, with a brief spell in 2nd Division with Burgos, to whom he said goodbye this summer to sign for Nàstic. At the moment he has four goals and is untouchable for Raül Agné. He is the team's top scorer and today he threatens the networks of the stage that heated his gunpowder.

«All of us who pass through Lezama dream of playing with Athletic. You really feel it and that desire and how football is lived there is a plus of gasoline that makes it take all history competing with players who have been trained in the quarry or around, "the Basque striker assured the Diari a few weeks ago in an interview given. Caprices of fate, today he will not play with him, but will play against Athletic.

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