Pellegrini: “You can’t give yourself the advantage of playing with eleven less”

Manuel Pellegrini defended the commitment of the available players, but showed his discomfort with the task of so many unregistered players. “I’m very happy because we faced the first game with eleven less and we can’t give ourselves that advantage. All have supported colleagues who are not registered for financial reasons. The group grows in the face of adversity. It had been many years since Betis had won the first day and with an unbeaten goal”.

“It is a subject that does not correspond to me to answer. They should ask the club. We have to be happy with the performance, the goals and the second place in the standings. We are already thinking of Mallorca to go one step further. We’ll see what happens in another direction. I do not make internal conversations public. The objectives have to be in accordance with reality”, added the Betis coach.

Homegrown: “You have to have a squad based on the objectives. We will be a training club taking out players from the academy, but we must have a squad based on the objectives. I stay with the team spirit, regardless of the names. This group is solid, everyone supports whoever gets to play. We made an important rotation to go far in all three competitions. That commitment to a system, to the club and to the fans is the reason why the team is so solid”.

Fekir: “During the break I talked to him about it so he wouldn’t come out. It could be a very big risk. She calmed down, but they were teasing her. The best thing was to change it with the 3-0 because they were going to cause him to be sent off”.

Aitor: “I was not surprised. He has already played several times on the side and trains a lot there. He is powerful, has speed and good technique. He is one more alternative. He did well on the right side. We have Montoya and Sabaly out for two more weeks”.

Victory: “We are full of hope, with goals that we want to set for ourselves. Let everyone take advantage of their opportunity, but we must have a platform according to the demands”.

Style: “Betis fans feel committed to a team that gives them a show and always plays forward and we don’t want to let them down. We are obliged to improve on last year, although the level set is quite high and we have to accept reality”.

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Pellegrini: “You can’t give yourself the advantage of playing with eleven less”