Saturday evening saw Real Betis lose at the Benito Villamarín in Seville for the second time this week. The most recent 4-3 defeat against Celta Vigo comes after a 2-0 loss against Barcelona, disrupting Los Verdiblancos’ push for the top four.
Before the game, Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini attended a press conference where he proclaimed his team needed more goals. However, as Estadio Deportivo points out, the Chilean coach overcompensated and in an attempt to increase Betis’ offensive threat, the team’s defence was unbalanced, open and fragile.
The positive side of Pellegrini’s bet on a new attacking look for the team was that Betis did indeed create a lot of danger. As well as the three goals which speak for themselves, Borja Iglesias and Juanmi both had good scoring opportunities around the halfway point of the match which could have changed the game.
On the other hand, Celta found it far too easy to play into the home side’s box. Betis centre-back Luiz Felipe was left particularly vulnerable and felt the pressure of Celta’s attack, culminating in him being sent off in the final minutes of the match.
The result propels Celta from 16th position to 11th, and Betis remain stuck in sixth, tied on points with Villarreal.
GSFN | Nicolás Antúnez de Mayolo