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Athletic Bilbao Coach Joaquin Caparros: New Pitch Helped Team Overcome Racing

Athletic Bilbao coach Joaquin Caparros claimed after his side’s 2-1 win over Racing that the newly-laid pitch played a huge part in his side’s second goal.

Los Leones burst into an early lead, striking twice inside the first 10 minutes, and it was young attacker Iker Muniain who ended his season-long goal drought to hit what proved to be the decisive goal.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Caparros praised the turf, as well as the efforts of his players in that particular first-half spell.

He remarked: “That goal has helped us because that chance on the old pitch would not have gone well. A good pitch benefits everyone.

“After the break we have not been good, but in the first we played thirty minutes to a good level, and overall I am happy with the three points.”

One concern for Caparros was what seemed to be a neck injury for Fernando Llorente, but he eased fears, saying: "It seems to only be a bruise."

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