Benat: We want to maintain our form

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat is confident his side can extend their 20-game unbeaten spell at home when they host Real Madrid in La Liga on Saturday.

Since suffering a 1-0 loss to Barcelona in the league in August last year, Ernesto Valverde’s side have managed to transform the San Mames into a fortress, claiming victories in 16 of the 19 games played at home, that includes five consecutive wins in their last five league games.

"We want to stretch our good run of form at home," Benat told the club's website.

"We need to continue to do what we are doing and we will give something extra because we will play against Real Madrid. This is an important game for us.

"We are very well and what we have to do is take advantage of the confidence we have in order to put them under pressure and take three points.

"The team is in good shape and we have a lot of confidence after winning the derby, we had a good game and we are really motivated to beat Real Madrid. Our idea is always to go out and win.

"It would be fantastic to go into the international break by beating Madrid.

"That would allow us to remain in touch with the high positions in the table, those that every team wants to be fighting for," he concluded.