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The defender believes the two week break is good for his team...

Andoni Iraola has admitted today that even though Athletic Bilbao are in a difficult situation, he believes they can get out of it.

The Basque side have not won in La Primera since late January and now find themselves flirting with relegation.

Iraola told Marca that they have to improve but that he thinks they are capable of saving themselves with 10 matches left.

"There have been stages in the season when we have conceded many goals, and times when we have been better. Results will come when we improve overall, and a very important aspect is in defence," he explained.

"We are doing the same as the first-half of the season. We were able to remove plenty of points at the start but then we couldn't get off to a good run in these games. It is not a guarantee but we are confident that we can get out of this now.

Iraola went on to say that they are "very aware of the situation at the moment" but at the same time "trust in what we are doing and that we can take points from the upcoming matches".

Fortunately for Athletic, most of their matches are against teams around them, excluding the three games against Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna.

Iraola believes that they should "get 43 points" to avoid relegation and that the international break is good for them.

"As players we always like to have won the previous match when there is a break as it is better, but it is still good for us to prepare for our next games, because they are key," he concluded.

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com

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