Date: 8th March 2012 at 11:15am
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is relishing the opportunity to lock horns with tonight as take on Athletic Bilbao.

are looking to reach the quarter finals but first have to get past Bilbao, starting with a first leg tie at .

will be taking nothing for granted though as he admits that this the best Bilbao team put together in a long time, a sentiment echoed in Spain and Europe.

Currently sitting a point off a place in La Liga, Bielsa has been credited with turning Bilbao’s fortunes around and Sir Alex has hailed his opponent ahead of tonight’s game:

“I admire his work because I see the emergence of a very good Bilbao side.

“They are very determined and organised, with a great belief in themselves. That is the hallmark of their coach. He has instilled these qualities in his team.

“We know how difficult a game it is going to be for us. This is the best Athletic team I have seen for some years.”