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Marcelo Bielsa's side have been drawn alongside French outfit Lyon, Sparta Prague and Kiryat Shmono in Group I of the Europa League

Athletic Bilbao sporting director Jose Maria Amorrortu is confident that his side will be able to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages despite being drawn alongside Lyon in Group I.

Last year's finalists Bilbao will face Sparta Prague and Kiryat Shmono, along with the French side and the 59-year-old is positive about Athletic's chances of progressing.

"We have been drawn in a very attractive group," Amorrotu told Uefa.com, "Lyon and Sparta Prague have a lot of international experience.

"We will look to approach the group stages with the same spirit as we did last season and just like last year, we are full of hope [that we will qualify for the knockout stages].”

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