Athletic Bilbao's players hold the Supercup trophy after the Spanish Supercup second-leg football match FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / QUIQUE GARCIA
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Athletic Bilbao's Spanish Super Cup victory over Barcelona prompted immense joy in the Basque city but the players cannot afford to soak it up for too long with Thursday's Europa League playoff looming.Bilbao have twice reached the final of Europe's second-tier club competition, losing to Juventus in 1977 and Atletico Madrid in 2012 .Coach Ernesto Valverde, a former Bilbao player who also had stints in charge at Espanyol, Villarreal, Valencia and Olympiakos Piraeus, admitted his side had suffered at times during Monday's game, especially after going 1-0 down to a Lionel Messi strike shortly before halftime.Barca captain Andres Iniesta said that despite Monday's reverse the team were excited about starting their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years at Bilbao Sunday.
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