Next Match: away to Sevilla, December 15
Mikel Rico has insisted Athletic Bilbao are not focusing on maintaining fourth spot in the Primera Division but are just concentrating on getting as many points as possible. Athletic unseated Villarreal in the final Champions League spot a fortnight ago by beating Barcelona but the midfielder stressed that the team's league position won't be on the players' minds when they travel to 8th placed Sevilla on Sunday. "Right now we're not thinking about it (4th spot) and before the Barcelona game we weren't thinking that we'd be fourth if we won either, our aim is to pick up points so that we'll be in a good position come the end of the season," Rico told a press conference. "Right now it's about points, not positions, it's the old cliche of taking each game as it comes and we'll see where we finish. From now until the end of the year there are six more points to play for (the match with Sevilla and then a home game with Rayo Vallecano) and we want to pick them all up."